©2009 Molly Wizenberg; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"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....Wizenberg's directions are laced with a charming voice that strikes a neat balance with the reflective passages." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved the story, however as a cooking memoir I expect the recipes the stories are based around to be included. An experienced cook can get the feel of the recipe by just the ingredients and the flavor by the cooking instruction. A massive disappointment.
My favorite part about A Homemade Life was how I connected with story. I personally did not have the same experience with food as the author, but I could still relate to the stories, thoughts, and relationships. It was a simple story and a light, but enjoyable listen.
What I liked least was the format of the audio book. I listened to this book for a book club and it wasn't until I saw the hard copy of the book that I noticed the audio book did not have the recipes. While I would not have been able to follow along with the recipe while I was listening to the book, it would have been nice to have at least heard them. I felt like I was missing a part of the book.
Truthfully, I felt like the story just ended. I was really getting into it and then it was just finished. However, I really liked the story that the author used to conclude the book.
I have not listened to Mia Barron's other performances, but I really enjoyed listening to her with this audio book.
I could see the premise of A Homemade Life being made into a TV series, kind of like a mix between a cooking show and a sitcom, where you learn a recipe from the star of the show, but then scenes are included that show the back story. I don't know who the stars would be, though.
I enjoyed this book for the light-hearted feel and the simplicity of the story and I have recommended this book to a couple people, especially to those who have grown up around food and cooking.
Really enjoyed this one. I am by no means a "foodie" but really love these "food memoirs." Funny and touching...Great narrator too.
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