A Homemade Life

July 25, 2009

One of those books: waited on it for weeks through interlibrary loan, giddily drove to get it the moment it was available, devoured it chapter by chapter, and was left wishing for more. Read the back cover, and acknowledgments just to put off the end of the book.

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

Molly recounts her life thus far with witty, insightful stories concerning her 80’s childhood in Oklahoma City (!), her father and his battle with cancer, her love affair with Paris, and her budding romance with her now husband. Not only did her writing capture me, but the common thread through out the book is FOOD! Molly is a sincere appreciator of all things food, from potato salad to the most exquisite French dish. Each chapter is paired with a fabulous recipe that reflects the love, enjoyment, and hardship of her life. Each recipe recounts not just measurements and instructions, but a deep rooted connection between the dish and the life that we live.

To say it was inspiring would be an understatement.

People like Molly get the connection between food and life. Even the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is not to be discounted! Our food connects us with ourselves, the earth, each other. It offers nourishment, and enjoyment. Along with the air we breathe, it connects us to everyone around the world – no matter how different our cuisine. It tells stories of family, of loneliness, celebration, and grief. It tells stories of abundance and sparsity, death and life.

Before I get in too deep, let me not wander to far from the simple fact: I love to eat! And therefore, now that I have devoured this beautiful book, I plan on taking the recipes, one by one and enjoying! A few titles to wet your palate: Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cake with Glazed Oranges and Creme Fraishe, Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots, Caramelized Cauliflower with Salsa Verde, Cider-Glazed Salmon, Roasted Eggplant Ratatouille, Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger. Goodness!

I highly recommend this book and I look forward to following Molly’s blog: http://orangette.blogspot.com/

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