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Books, Bites, and Booze: Round One

February 23, 2010

The votes are in, and the first selection for Books, Bites, and Booze is Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. Wizenberg is a frequent contributor to Bon Appetit and her own blog, Orangette, as well as one of the voices behind the Spilled Milk podcast.  She and her husband operate Delancey, a Seattle pizza restaurant.

From Publisher’s Weekly:

Wizenberg’s debut shares the same basic format as her Orangette blog—favorite recipes interspersed with personal reflection—but constructed around a much tighter family narrative. Memories of her father, for example, begin with his cherished formula for potato salad and an attempt to recreate his French toast, but also include a variation on scrambled eggs that spurred a comforting moment as he was dying of cancer. The second half of the memoir focuses on her blossoming relationship with Brandon, who started out as a fan of the blog, became a long-distance boyfriend and eventually moved to Seattle and married her—of course, she shares the recipes for the pickled carrots they served at the wedding as well as the chocolate cake she baked for dessert. Though there is an emphasis on desserts, the recipes cover a variety of meals, none beyond the range of an ordinary cook, and Wizenberg’s directions are laced with a charming voice that strikes a neat balance with the reflective passages. Her strong personality stands out among her generation’s culinary voices.

You can pick this up at the library, online, or your local bookstore (I know they have it at Left Bank Books). FYI, if you are a fast reader, this is scheduled to come out in paperback on March 23rd, and you can preorder on Amazon.  We will be meeting the first week in April at a location TBD, but that is sure to have awesome food and drinks.  Hope you see many of you there.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. boml permalink
    February 23, 2010 11:18 am

    There are also a couple of copies available through the St. Louis public library.

  2. February 23, 2010 1:09 pm

    I’m in.

  3. February 23, 2010 4:55 pm

    I’m there. Look forward to meeting the mafia!

  4. Colleen permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:26 pm

    I bought this for the BF’s sister for Christmas…I totally should have kept it for myself 😉

    I’m in, barring any school night conflicts!

  5. KtMeyers permalink
    February 26, 2010 3:40 pm

    Just ordered it for myself. Will be there!

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