My Berlin Kitchen : A Love Story (with Recipes) Paperback
by Luisa Weiss
Chocolate and Zucchini. 101 Cookbooks. The Julie/Julia Project. In the early days of food blogs, these were the pioneers whose warmth and recipes turned their creators' kitchens into beloved web destinations.
Luisa Weiss was working in New York when she decided to cook her way through her massive recipe collection.
The Wednesday Chef, the cooking blog she launched to document her adventures, charmed readers around the world.
But Luisa never stopped longing to return to her childhood home in Berlin.
A food memoir with recipes, My Berlin Kitchen deliciously chronicles how she finally took the plunge and went across the ocean in search of happiness-only to find love waiting where she least expected it.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/11/2013
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780147509741
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Review by cissa
I had not been a reader of the author's blog before reading this, but now I'm interested.It's not exactly a "love story", as the title says; it's more about searching for "home"... which requires figuring out first what that means. Much of the book is taken up with that. As someone who has never really relaxed and said "Yes, this feels like HOME"- I sympathized with her search.I haven't cooked any of the recipes yet, but certainly will be doing so. They range from really simple and straightforward to pretty complex. Each chapter/esay has at least one recipe that in some way reflects on the content; I think this was done very well.I am particularly interested in trying a couple of the pasta sauces: the ragu, and the dead-simple one; plus a version of her recipe for cooking a Christmas goose. I've been cooking a Christmas goose for at least 15 years now, and I've tried a lot of different ways., but not the one here. I think it has a lot of promise, and while I'm OK with the way I've settled on previously, I'm not thrilled, and her technique has some real advantages.Oh, there are many, many delightful looking recipes here! But those 3 are the ones I will be trying soonest.Anyway! I would have found it an engaging read even without the recipes, and the recipes made it even better. I'm rather a stick-in-the-mud, and I love reading about people who are more adventuresome than I am.An interesting account by a woman who felt like an ex-pat everywhere, until she found home. And with bonus recipes!
Review by meacoleman
I absolutely love this book! Perhaps it's because I love to cook and I've been to the places that Ms. Weiss writes about--Berlin, NY, Boston. I enjoy her writing style and her honesty. I recommend this book to anybody with similar interests or who is thinking about writing their own memoir.