Cookbook Review: A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg
I adore Molly Wizenberg, and I adore her new book. It just makes me smile.
I had kicked around the idea of starting a food blog for awhile, but Orangette was the blog that tipped the scales. When I found Molly’s blog, I spent an entire weekend reading it from start to finish. Every month, I find myself enjoying her column in Bon Appetit, even before I know that it’s hers.
She’s a talented writer, with a passion for food. And I hope, someday, I can grow up to be just like her.
In the meantime, I have her latest book to enjoy.
Through a series of essays, anecdotes, and vignettes, Molly reminices about her life, love, and family. The stories are funny, touching, even heart-warming at times. And each one is punctuated by a fabulous recipe. So far I’ve made a version of her Banana Bread, and her dad’s take on French Toast (coming soon!). But I find myself wanting to bookmark or dogear nearly every recipe–even the ones that I wouldn’t normally consider (Hello, Cider-Glazed Salmon).
I’ve found myself moved to tears by Molly’s writing, and inspired to get into the kitchen nearly every time I pick up the book.
I’d recommend the book to nearly anybody who likes what they see here, though I don’t dare compare my writing to hers. Molly’s better at this food writing thing than I could ever hope to be. There are enough recipes to say that it qualifies as a cookbook, but to be honest, it reads more like fiction.
The book is broken into 45 small chapters, each one followed by a recipe.
The following is a list of recipes found in A Homemade Life:
- Burg’s Potato Salad
- Blueberry-Raspberry Pound Cake
- Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger
- Coeur a La Creme with Raspberry Puree
- Burg’s French Toast
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Bittersweet Glaze
- Stewed Prunes with Citrus and Cinnamon
- Hoosier Pie
- Bread and Chocolate
- Buckwheat Pancakes
- Fresh Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears
- Fruit-Nut Balls
- Espresso-Walnut Toffee
- Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cake with Glazed Oranges and Creme Fraiche
- Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache
- Bouchons Au Thon
- Tarte Tatin
- Bread Salad with Cherries, Arugula, and Goat Cheese
- Roasted Eggplant Ratatouille
- Dutch Baby Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar
- Jimmy’s Pink Cookies
- Italian Grotto Eggs
- Dried Fruit Pie
- Rum Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
- Ed Fretwell Soup
- Doron’s Meatballs with Pine Nuts, Cilantro, and Golden Raisins
- Scottish Scones with Lemon & Ginger
- Cider-Glazed Salmon or Saumon Gelee a La Louis XIV
- Cream-Braised Green Cabbage
- Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Coriander
- Slow-Roasted Tomato Pesto
- French-Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon
- Cranberry Chutney with Crystallized Ginger and Dried Cherries
- Radishes and Butter with Fleur De Sel
- Red Cabbage Salad with Lemon and Black Pepper
- Butternut Soup with Pear, Cider, and Vanilla Bean
- Chana Masala
- Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Parmesan
- Sliced Spring Salad with Avocado and Feta
- Custard Filled Corn Bread
- Tomato Soup with Two Fennels
- Frisee wth Ham, Eggs, and Mustard Vinegarette
- Caramelized Cauliflower with Salsa Verde
- Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
- Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots
- Vanilla-Black Pepper Ice Cream
- Spicy Pickled Carrots with Garlic and Thyme
- Pickled Grapes with Cinnamon and Black Pepper
- Arugula Salad with Pistachios and Chocolate
- Little Corn Cakes with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado
- The Winning Hearts and Minds Cake (Or, Our Wedding Cake)