If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a fan of food blogs. Have you come across Orangette? If not, go now. Go get lost in the recipe list. Wallow around amongst the stories and anecdotes about food and life. Or just admire the beautiful photographs.
Now that you’re done enjoying her blog, it’s time to read Molly Wizenberg’s new book, A Homemade Life. I read this fascinating memoir about family and food in one sitting on a rainy Saturday. With each chapter, she treats you to an interesting vignette followed by a recipe. When you get to the recipe, you understand not only the food, but the people behind the food. This book inspires you to get up and cook, but it also makes you think about your own food heritage. Where did the recipes in your family come from? Where were you the first time you cooked something? What do you make when you want to tell someone that you care about them? This engaging read will make you want to eat, cook, and call your family. While I missed the photographs that usually bejewel the blog, the description and humor made the book a stand-alone hit.
Although Orangette and A Homemade Life don’t focus on local eating, they both go a long way towards getting people back in the kitchen. The author lives in Seattle and you can tell she draws inspiration from the ingredients and places around her.
Molly Wizenberg will be appearing this Friday in Seattle at Third Place Books. Read more about it here.