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Homemade Life - Molly Wizenberg


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When Molly Wizenberg's father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions for a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn't possible to resume life as though nothing had happened. So she went to Paris, a city that held vivid memories of a childhood trip with her father, of early morning walks on the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter and the taste of her first pain au chocolat. She was supposed to be doing research for her dissertation, but more often, she found herself peering through the windows of chocolate shops, trekking across town to try a new pâtisserie, or tasting cheeses at outdoor markets, until one evening when she sat in the Luxembourg Gardens reading cookbooks until it was too dark to see, she realized that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen.

At first, it wasn't clear where this epiphany might lead. Like her long letters home describing the details of every meal and market, Molly's blog Orangette started out merely as a pleasant pastime. But it wasn't long before her writing and recipes developed an international following. Every week, devoted readers logged on to find out what Molly was cooking, eating, reading, and thinking, and it seemed she had finally found her passion. But the story wasn't over: one reader in particular, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from New York, found himself enchanted by the redhead in Seattle, and their email correspondence blossomed into a long-distance romance.

In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won't be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots.

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 1
How to Use the Recipes in This Bookp. 7
A Place to Startp. 11
The Baker in the Familyp. 17
In Need of Calmingp. 23
The Whole Messy Decadep. 29
An Uncalculating Sciencep. 35
Better with Chocolatep. 41
The Dark Horsep. 47
A Brood of Sevenp. 51
La Boule Michep. 59
A Strange Sort of Coming of Agep. 65
The Hardball Stagep. 71
A Personal Chronology in Christmas Cookiesp. 77
The Right Answer to Everythingp. 85
Quite that Magnificentp. 91
What France Would Taste Likep. 97
The Best of All Possible Worldsp. 103
High Pointsp. 111
Heavenp. 119
9:00 A.M. Sundayp. 127
Italian Grotto Eggsp. 135
The Mottlingp. 141
Whatever You Love, You Arep. 153
Summer of Changep. 161
Pretty Perfectp. 171
Promise to Sharep. 177
With Cream on Topp. 183
Happinessp. 189
Baby Stepsp. 195
Like Wildflowersp. 207
Delicious in Its Wayp. 213
Rough Goingp. 219
Bonus Pointsp. 223
Herbivores Onlyp. 229
Special Gamep. 235
The Diamondsp. 241
Sugarhousep. 249
The Change Thingp. 253
Bonne Femmep. 259
So Much Betterp. 267
A Big Dealp. 275
Freeze Framep. 281
Pickling Plantp. 287
So Easyp. 293
I Have Learned Not to Worryp. 299
Winning Hearts and Mindsp. 309
Recipe Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9781416551065
ISBN-10: 1416551069
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23rd March 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31