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coffee and a book: “a homemade life”

May 27, 2010

There is not much I love better than sitting at a coffee shop and whiling away the hours with a good book. To celebrate that, I am launching an occasional series here called “Coffee and a Book,” where I will be talking about books I’m reading right now and you have a chance to share what you’re reading (and loving…or not.)

Right now, I’m reading…

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

I have had this book on my Amazon wish list for months and have had countless people tell me I should read it. I finally caved and decided to buy it for my trip to California — it felt like a good book to read when I was on vacation.

Well, I cheated and started it a week before I left. And I read a third of it in one sitting and then forced myself to sit on my hands and close the book and hide it under a pile of stuff in my luggage. As much as I wildly loved this book, I also knew how good it would taste savored at a bakery in San Francisco, preferably with a cup of coffee and a flaky pastry in hand. (Oh, what? You didn’t know books have tastes? Oh, they do. They certainly, certainly do. Just don’t lick them to find out.)

I love how Molly (creator of Orangette) pairs each essay with a recipe that connects to the particular story or time in her life. For her (and for me), food connects so intrinsically to life, family and our own personal story. She writes of food and cooking intimately, as one who knows the kitchen as home; food becomes a vehicle to carry the love she has for the ones she cooks for and cooks with.

I cannot, CANNOT, wait to make her banana bread with dark chocolate and crystallized ginger (along with every other recipe in the book). I may plead and wheedle my friend Noelle to make it with me while I am in San Francisco because, oh my, it sounds too delectable to pass up. Knowing us, we’ll probably end up on the kitchen floor, eating it out of the pan with forks.

Anyway, I love this book and can’t wait to finish it. I suppose I’m cheating by posting this up before I’ve finished the whole book but I am fully confident that it will continue to delight me. If you decide to give a copy a home, I’m sure it will delight you too.

So what are you reading right now?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2010 2:53 pm

    Ha! Caroline, I just started reading A Homemade Life last night! I just posted this morning about how much I love it already!

    Since Gourmet went under, I get Bon Appetit now, and a few months ago, I was reading a touching column about kale and looked over to see who wrote it, and, of course, it was the talented and ubiquitous Ms. Molly. I (quite sacrificially) ate a chocolate croissant this morning with my coffee in her honor.

  2. missshortskirt permalink
    May 27, 2010 7:22 pm

    I read A Homemade Life sitting on Frank’s futon while everyone else was sleeping. Two weeks ago, I bought a paperback copy on Amazon and had it sent to my Mom for mother’s day, even though I made her Molly’s slow-roasted tomatoes once and she didn’t even want to eat a single one.

    Right now, I’m reading Bridge to Terabithia – one of those children’s books every child has surely read… except for me, of course. But it’s also one of those children’s books I am kind of glad I waited to read because I don’t think I had much appreciation for fine prose back then and DANG is this prose fine.

  3. Amanda permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:33 pm

    I made the banana bread……its delicious to say the least! 😉

  4. Kimpot permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:08 pm

    That book sounds great! Something my sister would really LOVE.

    I just finished reading A Prayer for Owen Meany, and I was left speechless. Even now, trying to describe the book to you, I’m at a loss for words. If you’ve not already read it, I beg of you, PLEASE read it! It tops the list of books I’ve read.

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