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A Homemade Life

A young blogger offers a soulful collection of essays about the bonds created when we share meals.

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Food memoirs are rapidly filling bookstore shelves these days, and just when you would think that there is simply nothing new to add to the topic along comes an original voice like Molly Wizenberg and her book A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table.

To all appearances, the author has a surprisingly modest cupboard of life experiences to draw from: She’s young, newly married, self-taught, and, above all else, a blogger. But “A Homemade Life” is a delightfully fresh, soulful collection of essays about food, meals, and the bonds nurtured around the kitchen table.

As an unpretentious foodie raised in Oklahoma, Wizenberg describes the flavors of her formative years with wit and wisdom. Her down-home, “best friend” voice regales readers with what it was like to grow up with bustling, experimental home cooks for parents.

However, her stories are not all “sunshine and puppies,” as she describes it. Her father, Burg, a clattering force in the kitchen, passed away while she was in college. Missing a beloved parent even as she transitions into adulthood gives weight to Wizenberg’s essays.

Yet her memories of Burg are nostalgic without being too sweet – and honest, without being too bitter.

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