From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage to food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmothers tomato sauce and dreamed of her mothers special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of ...
|Title||:||Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food|
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Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food Reviews
Perfect light reading for a busy time. Essays on the importance of food, family and friends. With recipes, none of which are fancy or complicated. I intend to try the tomato pie very soon.
I wanted to read this book via #NetGalley but I was not approved -- nonetheless, here is my review from a purchased copy. #yourloss :-)
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.
In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls.
From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage to food writer ...more
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anyone who gets nostalgia for a favorite childhood meal, or who remembers events largely by what they ate, will find good company in Ann Hood's memoir. Chapters are set to memories of the meals most important to her, and she has a way with the words that describe these meals, the company she ate them with, the place they had in her life. The stories are a bit repetitive, but there are some that are u ...more
In the postpartum haze after my daughter was born when I began to pick up books again between diaper changes and during nursing sessions, I found a book called The Obituary Writer. Though all I wanted to do was sleep and eat uninterrupted, I couldn't put the book down and chose to read in those few minutes I had to myself. I made a mental note of the author so I could look for more of her books.
When Ann Hood's food memoir Kitchen Yarns recently appeared on NetGalley, I couldn't click the reque ...more
The book comprises a series of essays about the author's life and the foods associated with that time period in her life. She taught herself to cook but grew up close to an Italian grandmother whose specialty was gravy (otherwise known as sauce) and gravy was a staple of most of her meals.
Readers of a certain age will readily identify with some of the recipes in this book (think chicken Marbella) and their own memories from those times. The author has suffered great losses in her life, however t ...more
Ah, Ann Hood. I know she's written other books, and I've read other ones, but I identified with her
memoir/essay collection Morningstar: Growing Up with Books. Now, she has given us a memoir about another essential part of her life. Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food includes recipes, but it's a book about those moments in her life when those recipes were essential. Hood turns to food for comfort, in grief, in loss of a marriage, in joy. Her memoir is not in consecutive order. It's in ...more
Why is it that sometimes you just need a book that you can read without fuss or anxiety or excitement—just a book that comforts. Ann Hood’s Kitchen Yarns is just that. I began this book of personal essays just before I started preparations for Christmas, and it made me look again at the food I was cooking with an eye toward why I was cooking it. Why do I always want wild rice casserole and frozen yum yum for Christmas dinner? Because there is a story behind each of those dishes.
In Kitchen Yarns, ...more
In "Kitchen Yarns," the author shares her favorite recipes and tips for cooking and combines them with personal memories relating to the food. I was very interested in the recipes and will try a few of them, beginning with Silver Palate Chicken Marbella.
Ms. Hood shares her early attempts and kitchen disasters. She talks of the cooks who shaped her - Her dad, who was an enthusiastic, but not so good cook and her grandmother who cooked delicious dishes without real recipes. She is now married to ...more