Share the unsurpassed pleasures of discovering, cooking, and eating good, simple food with this beloved book. Equal parts cookbook and memoir, Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking combines her insightful, good-humored writing style with her lifelong passion for wonderful cuisine in essays such as "Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant", "Repulsive Dinners: A Memoir", and "Stuffed Breast of Veal: A Bad Idea". Home Cooking is truly a feast for body and soul.
©1988 Laurie Colwin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I am a voracious reader with fairly eclectic taste. I like both fiction and non-fiction, biography, history and current events. I like well written mysteries and suspense and I love 19th and 20th century classical literature as well as modern fiction. My favorite author is Philip Roth but I also love Trollope, Hardy, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Austen and Edith Wharton. My favorite biographer is Robert Caro.
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!
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