Home Cooking : A Writer in the Kitchen: A Memoir and Cookbook - Laurie Colwin

Home Cooking

A Writer in the Kitchen: A Memoir and Cookbook

By: Laurie Colwin

Paperback | 23 March 2010

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Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen, the acclaimed author of Happy All the Time delivers a beloved cookbook manifesto on the joys of sharing food and entertaining. - With a foreword by Ruth Reichl.

"As much memoir as cookbook and as much about eating as cooking." --The New York Times Book Review

From the humble hotplate of her one-room apartment to the crowded kitchens of bustling parties, Colwin regales us with tales of meals gone both magnificently well and disastrously wrong. Hilarious, personal, and full of Colwin's hard-won expertise, Home Cooking will speak to the heart of any amateur cook, professional chef, or food lover.

Industry Reviews
"Celebrates a life devoted to food, with chapters on how to cook a meal for several hundred people, how to prepare a gourmet dinner with eggplant in your bathtub, and how to make the best fried chicken in the world." --Santa Fe New Mexican "As much memoir as cookbook and as much about eating as cooking." --The New York Times Book Review

"The one true kitchen friend." --The Washington Post

"Laurie Colwin's food thoughts are like phone calls from a dear friend." --The New York Times

"A delightful tribute to food, friends and kitchen memories.... This charmer is as irresistible as homemade shortbread." --San Diego Union-Tribune

"A very funny book. Funny enough to make you giggle out loud." --Newsday

"[Laurie Colwin] is a home cook, like you and me, whose charm and lack of pretension make her wonderfully human and a welcome companion." --Chicago Tribune "I decided to lean back and trust Ms. Colwin when she revealed that 'I am never on a diet regime I cannot be talked out of.'" --Ann Banks, The New York Times Book Review

"Delightful. . . . [Colwin] is funny, and for some reason funny stories about food are as funny as things can get." --St. Petersburg Times

"Cozy, unpretentious good sense . . . characterizes all her food writing." --The New York Times "I have in my kitchen a book called Home Cooking. And, in between following the recipes for Extremely Easy Beef Stew, or Estelle Colwin Snellenberg's Potato Pancakes, I would frequently sit down on a little stool in my kitchen and read through one of the essays in that book. I never read through The Joy of Cooking, and I can read the Silver Palate Cookbook standing up, but I always sat down to read these." --Anna Quindlen

"Laurie Colwin is both sensible and sensitive when writing about food, and [her] prose makes me laugh, cry and feel hungry all at the same time." --The Baltimore Sun "Reading the essays of Laurie Colwin is a bit like eating comfort food: warm, familiar and good for the soul." --Hartford Courant "A warm, personal remembrance of the foods Colwin ate as a child and later served to friends and family." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"[Colwin] is a beacon of hope. For beginning cooks, Home Cooking is a grand consciousness and/or confidence-raiser." --The Oregonian "Like a classic dish, [Colwin's] writing is magic in its simplicity." --Charlotte Observer "Wry and funny." --Dallas Morning News "Charming and humorous." --USA Today "Enthralling, but all too short. The only thing to do [is] reread it. And then turn to her novels." --Buffalo News

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