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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241145716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241145715
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A feast . . . witty, no-nonsense . . . there are echoes of Nigella Lawson, one of Colwin's fans . . . Home Cooking is a culinary companion as comfortable beside your bed as your cooker. It has an essay for everyone who loves to eat and demonstrates that home is where the heart is - and the stomach happiest (Observer)

Shrewd and witty essays on food . . . a consistently enjoyable bedtime read (Mail on Sunday)

Memories, recipes and tantalising tales of the kitchen (Sunday Times Style)

Laurie Colwin writes about food with love, lightness and an elegant intimacy reminding us that cooking is about life not recipes. Her books are more than cookery books. They are the diaries of someone - who died young - with a huge appetite for life and the rare ability to convey it. She writes so movingly, too, about her daughter and I can't help thinking what a testimony of love she left her (Nigella Lawson)

Shrewd and witty (You Magazine)

Laurie Colwin's food thoughts are like phone calls from a dear friend (The New York Times)

I have in my kitchen a book called Home Cooking. And, in between following the recipes for Extremely Easy Old-Fashioned Beef Stew or Estelle Colwin Snellenberg's Potato Pancakes, I would frequently sit down on a little stool in my kitchen and read through one of the essays in that book. I never read through Joy of Cooking, and I can read The Silver Palate Cookbook standing up, but I always sat down to read these. (Anna Quindlen)

About the Author

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels - Happy All the Time, Family Happiness, Goodbye Without Leaving, A Big Storm Knocked It Over and Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object - three collections of short stories - Passion and Affect, The Lone Pilgrim and Another Marvellous Thing - and two collections of essays, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. Laurie Colwin died in 1992.


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Whilst I wasn't familiar with Laurie, over in the US she is a household legend on the cooking circuit with columns in food magazines and an approachable way that each of the dishes within this book can be accomplished by cooks of all ages. It has some wonderful ways to take what you know and adapt it to a new level and when added to personal insights and a witty chat style makes this a book that is something out of the norm for many fans of the cuisine world.

Sadly Laurie passed back in 1992 but her cooking lives on and with a wonderful British adaptation here it really will give you something new to try that you may not have thought of. There's quite a few recipes' I'll be making and when you're at an odd end, you'll be surprised at what you can whip up. Great stuff.
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Excellent and an interesting read but not many recipes in the book. The best thing about it were her recommended cookery books in her personal collection by other cooks. I've ended up ordering most of them and found them really good.
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Very informative book
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Occasionally funny, rather well written...but overall pretty dull. The author is too self/centred and she rarely "leaves her kitchen" and ventures into the world. This is cosy, unadventurous food writing. After a while her kitchen becomes claustrophobic.
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