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Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen 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 hud 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 Reading Laurie Colwin is like sitting in a friend s kitchen sharing a cup of tea She shares favorite recipes, dining experiences and opinions on food along with stories of notable disasters This book is the food writer s version of comfort food The recipes are good and the cooking advice is sound The creamed spinach with jalapenos is wonderful, the gingerbread delicious, and the potato salad very good I enjoy rereading it every January while there is snow on the ground and think about it wh Reading Laurie Colwin is like sitting in a friend s kitchen sharing a cup of tea She shares favorite recipes, dining experiences and opinions on food along with stories of notable disasters This book is the food writer s version of comfort food The recipes are good and the cooking advice is sound The creamed spinach with jalapenos is wonderful, the gingerbread delicious, and the potato salad very good I enjoy rereading it every January while there is snow on the ground and think about it when peppers and eggplant are in season Like Laurie, I fry them in olive oil for myself when no one else is around I haven t read this author at all I just happened to see the cover online and want to track down the book and find out who painted it I haven t read this author at all I just happened to see the cover online and want to track down the book and find out who painted it I haven t run across much food writing that can make me laugh out loud, but this book did just that These are chatty, revelatory, often humorous essays on cooking, entertaining, and domestic life in general Colwin s approach is warm and accessible You need not be a cook to enjoy the book, but it might make you want to start using your kitchen forthan just the microwave oven There are informal recipes scattered throughout the book, and someformal ones at the end of most of the ess I haven t run across much food writing that can make me laugh out loud, but this book did just that These are chatty, revelatory, often humorous essays on cooking, entertaining, and domestic life in general Colwin s approach is warm and accessible You need not be a cook to enjoy the book, but it might make you want to start using your kitchen forthan just the microwave oven There are informal recipes scattered throughout the book, and someformal ones at the end of most of the essays She demystifies daunting tasks such as baking bread, and encourages the reader to always try everything, even if it turns out to be a dud We learn by doing If you ve had your share of kitchen disasters, Colwin is here to commiserate She shares some of her worst mistakes, as well as a few of the disgusting foods other people have tried to feed her There s her attempt at Dundee Cake, where her guests were served a ring of buttered sawdust in which was embedded a series of jujubes And then there was the peculiarly crunchy tortellini she served to some guests who had been smoking a lot of marijuana, after which one of them said, Hey, wouldn t it be groovy if we could dump this whatever it is in the garbage and go out for dinner The 33 essays range from basics like fried chicken and potato salad to special cases such as How to Avoid Grilling, How to Disguise Vegetables, and Kitchen Horrors The variety of topics makes the book especially useful and muchenjoyable to read I ll be keeping it on hand for kitchen reference, and just for laughs Laurie Colwin died very young I discovered her when I was in law school a friend of mine had picked up her last book A Big Storm Knocked It Over A Novel and pressed it on me with the fervor of an evangelical, telling me that this book, this book was everything to her I didn t know it then, but Laurie Colwin was already dead of a heart attack.I read A Big Storm Knocked It Over, and then went on to read Happy All the Time, a book that I still own, that I left out in the rain and has a cover t Laurie Colwin died very young I discovered her when I was in law school a friend of mine had picked up her last book A Big Storm Knocked It Over A Novel and pressed it on me with the fervor of an evangelical, telling me that this book, this book was everything to her I didn t know it then, but Laurie Colwin was already dead of a heart attack.I read A Big Storm Knocked It Over, and then went on to read Happy All the Time, a book that I still own, that I left out in the rain and has a cover that separated and then dried in wrinkles, and Family Happiness, and then I discovered Laurie Colwin s food writing, and I read this book, and More Home Cooking, both of which I checked out of the public library.And then I learned that she had died, a year before I had even discovered her and I felt grief because there would be nobooks by Laurie Colwin and I hadn t even known it.Home Cooking is an oddly wonderful book, a collection of stories about food written by someone who told stories about food and friendship and how food is friendship, and sometimes friendship is food She s funny and self deprecating and would have been a lovely person to sit down and have a meal with, and I ve always wanted to make her gingerbread Maybe someday I will This was my second read on this book While I enjoyed it, I also felt like perhaps me, as a cook, has changed Or me as a reader has changed Maybe I ve read too many incredible food memoirs in the meantime, or my skills have improved This time I sort of felt like I was getting advice from a 1970s earth mother in a room with a spider plant This is not to say I didn t identify with her Because I am always hungry, I myself eschew hors d oeuvres When they come my way, I eat too many and then I This was my second read on this book While I enjoyed it, I also felt like perhaps me, as a cook, has changed Or me as a reader has changed Maybe I ve read too many incredible food memoirs in the meantime, or my skills have improved This time I sort of felt like I was getting advice from a 1970s earth mother in a room with a spider plant This is not to say I didn t identify with her Because I am always hungry, I myself eschew hors d oeuvres When they come my way, I eat too many and then I am full by the time I reach the table This does not, however, prevent me from cleaning my plate and then I am angry at myself for eating too much Ah, this is me This is also not to say I didn t take away nuggets of wisdom Always try everything even it turns out to be a dud We learn by doing If you never stuff a chicken with pat , you will never know that it is an unwise thing to do, and if you never buy zucchini flowers you will never know that you are missing one of the glories of life Reading this was like having a friend in the kitchen, talking ever so quietly to you as you cook Maybe I ve been reading too much Melissa Clark, who is a louder talker to me in the kitchen, and who is fresh, young, daring, and adventurous While I enjoyed reading this and didn t give one thought to putting it down, I was a little disappointed it didn t affect me like it did the first time I read it Sometimes, you CAN T go home again I was thinking about comfort reading for bookstagram purposes and this is one of the first books that came to mind It s impossible to even guess how many times I have read this dear, dear friend In her foreword to this collection of essays on food, Colwin shares this oft quoted philosophy One of the delights of life is eating with friends second to that is talking about eating And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends I wo I was thinking about comfort reading for bookstagram purposes and this is one of the first books that came to mind It s impossible to even guess how many times I have read this dear, dear friend In her foreword to this collection of essays on food, Colwin shares this oft quoted philosophy One of the delights of life is eating with friends second to that is talking about eating And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends I would add one of the delights of my life is drinking tea and eating a thick slice of gingerbread cake whilst rereading this charming, humorous book for the umpteenth time.This is not a book that I actually cook from all that often, and I will admit that some of the recipes are a bit hinky, but for reading about food, and the pleasures of sharing it, I cannot think of a book that I would recommend except perhaps for its follow up, More Home Cooking Colwin s turn of phrase and delicious sense of humour is entirely to my taste One of my favourite chapters is actually titled Repulsive Dinners A Memoir I was going to quote some of my favourite lines from it, but then I realised after rereading it that they are all my favourites.Note I was given my copy of Home Cooking by Martha Smith in 1990 Treasures both the cookbook and the friend A treasure of both essay type memoirs and recipes I ve not read any of Laurie Colwin before but this was a great one to start with The Kitchen Horrors chapter is laugh out loud funny and there are many amusing moments some aimed at her and some at others Her recipes are down home, tried and true with a hint of gourmet to shake it up Can t wait to read the second book, More Home Cooking I gave my mom a copy of Lucy Knisley s RELISH, and in turn she pointed me to Laurie Colwin, who pioneered the food and recipe driven essay style that Lucy so deftly reinvented in the graphic novel format I read most of this book on my iphone, in the dark, between the hours of 2 and 5am, awake with a 3 week old baby It was exactly what I needed then comforting and funny and nostalgic, sending me on a pleasant, hazy, remembrance of my own early childhood in Boulder in the 1980s when arugula wa I gave my mom a copy of Lucy Knisley s RELISH, and in turn she pointed me to Laurie Colwin, who pioneered the food and recipe driven essay style that Lucy so deftly reinvented in the graphic novel format I read most of this book on my iphone, in the dark, between the hours of 2 and 5am, awake with a 3 week old baby It was exactly what I needed then comforting and funny and nostalgic, sending me on a pleasant, hazy, remembrance of my own early childhood in Boulder in the 1980s when arugula was an exotic delicacy and many of the staples of today s kitchens could only be found in crunchy granola health food stores like the Pearl Street Market After reading so many accolades about Laurie Colwin and her book, Home Cooking , I wanted to experience it for myself She holds legendary status in the field of food writing Sadly, she died in her early forties Now I understand why her readers and fellow writers adored her Colwin s writing is lively, opinionated and fun Reading her is like talking with a good friend As she writes of her food adventures, bits of her personal life are shared I would call Home Cooking a food memoir rather After reading so many accolades about Laurie Colwin and her book, Home Cooking , I wanted to experience it for myself She holds legendary status in the field of food writing Sadly, she died in her early forties Now I understand why her readers and fellow writers adored her Colwin s writing is lively, opinionated and fun Reading her is like talking with a good friend As she writes of her food adventures, bits of her personal life are shared I would call Home Cooking a food memoir rather than a cook book, although she shares recipes too Not every recipe sounds that appealing to me Stand out essays for me personally are Red Peppers, English Food, and Without Salt I was gratified to learn that my beef stew recipe is the same as Colwin s I was also interested that she had translated author Isaac B Singer s book In My Father s Court from Yiddish to English, a book I have also read It s no wonder why Colwin s writing has so many fans


About the Author: Laurie Colwin

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


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