read: a homemade life

April 13th, 2009

Orangette was one of the first food blogs that I started reading, so when I heard she (Molly Wizenburg) was coming out with a book, I was eager to pick up a copy. As if that’s not exciting enough, I found out she was doing a reading in the city and I was able to meet her. I actually waited a while to start reading the book because I had a feeling that it would be the kind of book that I didn’t want to end. It’s kind of weird but I like the anticipation of knowing I’m about to read something that I’m going to want to savor.

Well, once I did start reading it, there was no stopping me. The book is broken down into short stories, very similar to blog posts, that end with a mouthwatering recipe. Much of the first half of the book focuses on stories about her father, a lover of food. She weaves in stories of Parisian life that make me want to hop on a plane and go right now. And eventually she introduces us to her husband Brandon who is also a lover of food. Of course food is the thread that ties each story together, but she has a great way of telling stories that makes you feel like you’re right there experiencing everything with her.

I mentioned the mouthwatering recipes that end each chapter, but I need to discuss this a little more. They are dangerous! With recipes like Espresso-Walnut Toffee, Fresh Ginger Cake with Carmelized Pears and even Carmelized Cauliflower with Salsa Verde what’s a girl to do? Every recipe makes me want to run to the kitchen and get cooking! In fact, I’ve already made three of them and have my eye on about 15 more…

If you haven’t already picked up a copy, I highly recommend clicking here and treating yourself to one heck of a good read. You won’t regret it.

Comments: 4 Total

  1. ThePurpleFoodie

    April 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

    This is one book I regret not picking up when I was in the States. I had to bring my shopping to a grinding hault when I realised my baggage was 40 pounds overweight! Hhee

  2. Whitney

    April 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Mine is on my shelf and I am waiting for a good time to start. I might actually save it for a reward after I take the Bar in July…if I can wait that long :)

  3. Kelly

    April 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    What a great (and well deserved) treat!

  4. Elyse

    April 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Awww, I can’t wait to get a copy of this book. It sounds fabulous.

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