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Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen (Vintage Contemporaries)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Not a new book by any means, but a good one none-the-less. Laurie Colwin, was a writer who used to do some writing for Gourmet magazine. I always enjoyed her articles, until a chilling note in Gourmet magazine announced she had died. Given that, I had wondered what some of her books were like. This is the first of her's I've read.
This book is more of a recollection of various different cooking/eating experiences.
We've all had them, but we may not have Laurie's passion or experience in the kitchen.
It is a pleasant book to read and weaves through many of her early experiences, as well as some many years later. Imagine this book as a collection of conversations you might have with someone over a transatlantic flight. One story weaves into the other until you have a patchwork of a person's life relative to a single topic. In this case; cooking, relative to home cooking and entertaining on a small scale.
Laurie was a practical cook by all accounts and this comes through in her recipes and writing. The only complaint I might have is some of the recipes are not specific enough. Some of the quantities are left "to taste". Having not made some of the items before, it is hard to judge what "to taste" would be...
She was an excellent writer. I will miss her Gourmet magazine articles and it saddens me that I have only a limited number books of hers to read in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 1997
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Laurie Colwin wrote a gem. It should be read at home, on trains, in airplanes, on the subway. It should be bought for loved ones, for brides and grooms, for parents and siblings, for best friends. It should have won the Pulitzer.
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on December 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When I got this book from NetGalley.com, I realized that I have owned the paperback for years. "Home Cooking" is a classic book of food essays and Laurie Colwin's gingerbread recipe is possibly the most famous gingerbread recipe in the English language.

That being said, as I reread the book, I wondered if it has stood the test of time. Contemporary readers, with thousands of delicious food options an Internet click away, may not understand, or warm to, the confined gentility of Ms Colwin's New York City childhood and marriage.

I like it though, old fogey that I am.

I received a review copy of the ebook "Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen" by Laurie Colwin (Open Road Integrated Media) through NetGalley.com.
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on November 26, 2014
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This is an entertaining book and one that should never be read while hungry! While it's not a book I'd sit down and read in one sitting since it's so descriptive is is a book that I'll pick up on and off for awhile to read a story here and there. If you enjoy food and cooking I think you'll enjoy this book.
Full Review: http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot.com/2014/11/home-cooking-review.html
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A great way to spend a summer morning or better yet a winter one! Grab your hot cocoa and enjoy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2009
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It's hard for me to believe, but there was a time when I didn't eat lots of things, and one of those things was red bell peppers... and then I read Laurie Colwin's swooning appreciation in her essay about the vegetable and was seduced into the produce section. I never looked back. This book, unlike many of the cookbooks acquired before and since, actively changed the way I looked at cooking and was like having a dear friend invite me into her kitchen to hang out while she puttered around. I still, after many years, often cook from this book and its companion, "More Home Cooking", as well as reread them for the sheer pleasure of sharing Laurie Colwin's deep delight in food.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
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Laurie Colwin died far too young, far long ago, but her books are still in print and still worth reading. The novels are delightful, but her two books about cooking are even better, in my opinion. Warning though, her recipes are not for novice cooks: she's very casual about amounts, cooking times and the like. Like getting a recipe from your scatterbrained, but charming, auntie. Her second volume, called something like More Home Cooking, is even better.
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on January 4, 2015
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Actually purchased as a gift. Ms. Colwin was a wonderful writer and human being.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
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We turn to these recipes so often, but also to ALL of Laurie Colwin's fiction as well as her other food books which came from her Gourmet Magazine column. I have backup copies for all of her books and often share them with friends and family. Life with Laurie is good.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
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A friend recommended this book and I loved it. From her quick recipe for soup to making shepherd's pie for 150, Colwin's writing is beautiful and familiar. She's got a sense of humor and excellent taste buds. I can't wait to read everything else she wrote.
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