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Molly Wizenberg , Camilla Engman
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3 Mar 2009
Now in trade paperback, A Homemade Life is a memoir composed of recipes and stories from acclaimed blogger, Molly Wizenberg. Molly's fresh and modern recipes--sometimes decedent, sometimes healthful-- appeal to the growing number of people tired of the processed foods who have become passionate about the art of cooking and the joy of eating meals lovingly prepared with the best ingredients. But the book's appeal comes as much from the recipes as its truly remarkable writing. Wizenberg's food descriptions are luscious: Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Ricotta, Bourbon, and Orange Zest will always sound enticing, but when Molly describes how "the soft dairy richness of the fresh cheese gains depth from dark chocolate, and the chocolate's sincere, not-too-sweetness borrows intrigue from the boozy ricotta" you can't help but head straight to the kitchen to make them yourself. And unlike some excellent food-bloggers, Molly writes elegant but accessible prose that goes beyond the gustatory to access emotion. Her writing is poignant without feeling cloying or obvious, and her novelist's sense for pacing keeps you turning pages.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416551050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416551058
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit and The Washington Post. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter June. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The first cook book that ever made me cry 10 Mar 2009
Molly Wizenberg is the author of the wonderful Orangette cookery blog recently rated in the Times top 50 cookery blogs - wonderful not only because it makes you actually get off your backside and cook the recipes but also because she writes beautiful, personal, poetic prose about food and its associations for her. Every recipe comes with a story, usually about family or friends, often funny, occasionally very moving, particularly when she writes about her late father. The book is written in a very similar way to the blog - an introduction of a few pages then a recipe. As a result there are not a huge number of recipes in it but the writing is so good that I would be happy to read it without the recipes at all, and indeed was very annoyed that when I finished it, I had to hand it over to my other half (who is equally addicted to her writing) and so couldn't immediately begin it all over again. We are thinking of getting a second copy to avoid fights.

The one thing perhaps worth noting is that the writer is American and the recipes therefore use American measures and vocabulary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read 21 Feb 2010
This book resulted from a popular blog. I've read three other books which resulted from blogs (Julie Powell- who says she makes things up sometimes/David Lebovitz-who can be somewhat annoying in his writing style/Clotilde Dusoulier-which I found slightly boring), and this is by far the best. I did not know the blog before I read the book. It does not have any photograph. Each chapter starts with a story and ends with the recipe, which has something to do with the story. The auther writes very openly and endearing about many things that have happened in her life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delight 14 Nov 2009
Molly is truly amazing writer, cook and photographer. I first came across Molly's photostream on Flickr - with beautiful/mostly polaroids of food she made or simple day to day pictures (her dog Jack is the cutest thing), then found out about her blog Orangette.
I couldn't wait to get this book, and when I did I read it in 2 days.....I laughed and I cried and then laughed again....and then I started baking, I made 3 of her cake recipes already, and some of them more than once......and they were success every time.

This book is delight just like her and her recipes :o)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little too sweet! 23 July 2011
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I could not wait to get this book as I am a massive fan of books about food, travel and cooking and food memoirs are right at the top of my list.
Also all of the reviews I've seen have raved about this book and the writer herself. Don't get me wrong the recipes are lovely and she writes beautifully, you can literally taste the food and also feel like you are experiencing moments in her life with her.
However it was all wrapped up a little too neatly for me and I even started to get annoyed with a recipe at the end of every chapter, as it didn't always need it and started to feel a little contrived.
Finally the remainder of the book after she met her Husband Brandon was just too schmaltzy for me, as every chapter was raving about how amazing he was, we get it he's wonderful and the love of your live, relax, no need to labour the point!
I guess when it comes down to it less is more sometimes, in both cooking and writing. So for my tastes it was a little too sweet.
Hopefully her next book will be a little more balanced, as like I said she is a very talented and you can't help but wish her well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 10 Aug 2009
By Em
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I first came across Molly's Orangette blog via The Times Best Food blogs feature that ran earlier this year. Since then I have worked my way through her archives, guzzling down her delicious writing, and making many of her recipes (all of which have worked well and been added to my 'must make again' folder). I had dithered over buying her book (I'm not entirely sure why!)but finally bit the bullet, and really wish I had done so sooner. A wonderful, moving memoir combined with some really great recipes. I made the french lemon yoghurt cake, (the recipe which led to something pretty life changing for her)for my grandfather's 93rd birthday lunch, and it went down an absolute storm. If you are a fan of Orangette, buy this book. Unlike books written by other bloggers, there is little repetition of tales, and any that you may have read before are featured here in far more detail. I really cannot recommend this book enough, it is full of warmth, good writing and great food. What more could you ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Orangette" in print at last. 16 Mar 2009
Like "Dancing badger", I also follow the delightful Orangette blog, and it is wonderful to have this book at last. I read it inside a day, and have already cooked the cabbage in cream (delicious) which reinforces my view that water is the enemy of brassicas; either fry/griddle them, or braise in cream. The eminence grise in the book is Molly's late father Burg, who comes alive again through Molly's writing and who was the inspiration for many of her culinary adventures. Luckily we also learn how she met the wondrous Brandon (he read the blog, readers, and the glass slipper fitted!) And now I am going to make the banana bread with chocolate chips and crystallised ginger for my husband's birthday.......
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