food memoirs

Rosemary and Bitter Oranges: Growing Up in a Tuscan Kitchen

By Patrizia Chen

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Featuring 25 authentic Tuscan recipes, this cookbook/memoir is by an Italian home chef who tells the story of her childhood in post-World War II Tuscany and of the beloved family cook who taught her every kitchen secret.

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Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes

By Tessa Kiros

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She takes us on a global journey of taste and experience with her eclectic compilation of 170 simple and delicious recipes that reflect her world travels, multicultural heritage, family traditions, and amazing cooking combinations.Taste the world without leaving your kitchen.

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A Year of Russian Feasts

By Catherine Cheremeteff Jones

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Equal parts travel memoir and cookbook, Catherine Joness critically acclaimed and award-winning book, A Year of Russian Feasts, combines her warm, insightful writing style with her sensitive approach to discovering her familys Russian cultural heritage and its cuisine.

Contents: Vegetarian dinner with a well-to-do Russian family -- Spring and the Russian bliny festival -- In the Danilovsky Monastery kitchen -- Orthodox Easter services and the Easter feast at the Lebedev's -- Tea with Antonina in Strogino -- A birthday party at Viktor's -- Russian summers: a time for preserving the bounty -- Autumn and mushroom hunting -- Valentina's baptism -- Russian winters -- Celebrating Christmas past and present -- A black-tie New Year's Eve celebration -- Russian weddings -- What Russians drink.

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Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

By Patricia Volk

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"In a restaurant family, you're never just hungry--you're starving to death. And you're never full--you're stuffed. Patricia Volk's family is as American (background: Austrian-Jewish) as 'Rhapsody in Blue.' They came to these shores determined to make their mark; each of them is a piquant morsel of history... .

" With a cosmic disdain for the status quo, all of them--the tyrants, do-gooders, lovers, martyrs, and fakes--lived at full tilt. Stuffed is a wildly funny yet unsparing look at how families work."

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Comfort Me with Apples : More Adventures at the Table

By Ruth Reichl

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This memoir picks up where Reichl's first book, Tender at the Bone, left off. We see Reichl's career as a food critic for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times unfold. We witness her changing personal relationships, affected always by food.  Recipes included.

"Reichl's anecdotes from a summer lunch with M.F.K. Fisher, a mad dash through the produce market with Wolfgang Puck, and a garlic feast with Alice Waters are priceless. She is unafraid -- even eager -- to poke holes in the pretensions of food critics, making each meal a hilarious and instructive occasion for novices and experts alike."

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More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen

By Laurie Colwin

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"In this delightful mix of recipes, advice, and anecdotes, she writes about often overlooked food items such as beets, pears, black beans, and chutney. With down-to-earth charm and wit, Colwin also discusses the many pleasures and problems of cooking at home in essays such as 'Desserts That Quiver,' 'Turkey Angst,' and 'Catering on One Dollar a Head.'"

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Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living

By Julie Powell

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Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens, and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and will cook all 524 recipes...in the span of just one year.

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Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes

By Amanda Hesser

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"Life in the city, love, and unforgettable meals--can a food writer find happiness with a man who has an empty refrigerator? This is a food lover's courtship, with recipes."

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Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses

By Isabel Allende

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"Under the aegis of the Goddess of Love, Isabel Allende uses her storytelling skills brilliantly in Aphrodite to evoke the delights of food and sex. After considerable research and study, she has become an authority on aphrodisiacs, which include everything from food and drink to stories and, of course, love. Readers will find here recipes from Allende's mother, poems, stories from ancient and foreign literatures, paintings, personal anecdotes, fascinating tidbits on the sensual art of food and its effects on amorous performance, tips on how to attract your mate and revive flagging virility, passages on the effect of smell on libido, a history of alcoholic beverages, and much more."

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Christmas Memories with Recipes

By Maron L. Waxman

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Join Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, and 23 other chefs who share their smashing (sometimes literally) stories and recipes from their Christmas' past.

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