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This is a book I have known well for many years, one of my favorites, a collection of food essays by Laurie Colwin. Therefore the quality of the narration was very important to me. The good news is that the narrator really did a great job of translating Laurie Colwin's wit and elegance of language. The bad news is that the recording is very badly edited and at least six or seven times there are odd words inserted or strange splices that obviously do not occur in the book. If you are like me, this will bother you a little bit, but you will get over it as you wallow in the pleasure of such a wonderfully written and narrated audiobook.
Better known as the author of short stories and several novels, Laurie Colwin also developed quite a following among an earlier generation of people who like to cook and like to eat - I think it was before the word 'foodie' was coined. These essays were collected in 1988 and many were already several years old at the time, so they are not up to date with food channels on TV and famous chefs. They are nostalgic and very redolent of Colwin's childhood memories many of which will are associated with reading British children's books, the most familiar nursery books of that era.
Tragically, Laurie Colwin died in 1992 at a relatively young 48. Therefore her fans have a finite body of work to read and re-read. These essays are written less about food preparation and more about the role of food in uniting and delighting people and giving comfort and love. They are so amazingly well written and thus call back to be read again and again. Only a few of Laurie Colwin's stories are available recorded on audio. Which is why the appearance of this audiobook should make Laurie Colwin fans celebrate. This recording is a real gift, made better by the fact that the narration was so good. Delicious!
I enjoyed every minute of this well narrated and well written book. It is the basis for the part of the movie Julie/Julia that is based on Julia Child's life and it describes both her love of cooking and the delights of living in France...also the delights of EATING in France. A great recommendation for fans of France or of Julia Child."
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