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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table (Paperback)

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This is blogger/best-selling author (Delancey) Molly Wizenberg's first book. Each short chapter recounts a story from her life, most of them about family, and many about her Dad, and includes at least one sample recipe inspired by the memory. These are often desserts or vegetarian, and elevated beyond the usual, with interesting dressings and unusual modern additions of common ingredients. This book can be dipped into or read straight through. Either way, you will come to love Molly and her recipes.

— From Carla's Picks

April 2009 Indie Next List

“Molly Wizenberg is a food writer with a monthly column in Bon Appetit and the popular blog Orangette, and A Homemade Life -- a biography told in recipes -- is drawn from her blog. Told in an extremely personalble and personal voice -- and including everything from her father's french toast and a recipe for Tarte Tatin in which the memory of a young heartbreak in Paris is a silent but important ingredient -- A Homemade Life reads very much like a chat at the table over coffee with your best friend.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


• An irresistible story of cooking that goes beyond the kitchen: Molly Wizenberg shares stories of an everyday life and a way of eating that is inspiring, playful, and mindful. From her father’s French toast to her husband Brandon’s pickles to her chocolate wedding cakes, A Homemade Life is a story about the lessons we can learn in the kitchen: who we are, who we love, and who we want to be..

• Delicious homemade food: The fifty recipes that accompany Molly’s writing are an integral part of her story; she connects food to the people who cook and eat it. Full of fresh flavors, these dishes invite novices and experienced cooks alike into the kitchen. .

• An established following: The hardcover of A Homemade Life reached the New York Times extended list, and Molly read before standing-room only crowds at bookstores across the country. Wizenberg’s blog, Orangette, was named the #1 food blog in the world by the London Times and boasts more than 9,500 hits per day. .

About the Author

Molly Wizenberg, winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award, is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller, and her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, The Washington Post, The Art of Eating, and The Guardian, and on and She also cohosts the hit podcast Spilled Milk. She lives in Seattle with her husband Brandon Pettit, their daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice. She and Brandon own and run the restaurants Delancey and Essex.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781416551065
ISBN-10: 1416551069
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2010
Pages: 352
Language: English