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Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Baseball Paperback – April 23, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyone from a big family will relate to Molly's memories of growing up in a big family. Molly's attitude towards food came from her parents, who had a different idea than many people at that time. Columbus was (and still is) the test-market capital for food products. Grocery stores were filled with product samplers, while ubiquitous today, were not found in may places in the Unites States back then.
The O'Neill's, however, did not serve their children pot pies or macaroni and cheese or tuna noodle casserole or even meat loaf. Her parents "practiced a separation of food groups. We had meat. We had potato. We had vegetable. We had salad. We had dessert.. Each was distinct and none was overcooked. It was humiliating."
Molly first became interested in cooking when she was trying to lose weight. She joined a weight loss support group because her brother mercilessly teased her about having unidentifiable kneecaps. There, a woman gave her a cookbook and Molly started cooking for herself because her mother would not make a separate meal for her. Soon Molly ditched the low calorie cooking and moved on to making recipes out of Julia Child for her grateful family.
She went to college in Massachusetts, became a feminist, wrote poetry and helped to start a feminist, humanist, vegetarian restaurant.Read more ›
In college at Denison, she mirrors the mood of the time. She swings, but
realizes that she also has to eat. The talent that she has is what her mother taught her about cooking. What seemed so boring in her youth now was a talent recognizable to all.
After graduation she heads east and enters into a start-up restaurant. She makes mistakes, learns how hard it is to make a go of it in the restaurant world and eventually ends up in New York. Here her fame arrives at she becomes a famed food critic.
Still, the glue to the whole narrative is her and her family,including her famous little brother, Paul. I absolutely loved this book.
Sometimes you find excellent reads in the most unexpected places; a semi-cook book for crying out loud and one I purchased for my Columbus cousins no less.
Thumbing through the first few pages I was trapped in a presentation of butterfly proportions. Yea her brother Paul played in four World Series with the Yankees and one with the Reds but he really doesn't enter until the last fifty pages.
So I began by thinking where is Paul, after a while it didn't matter because Molly's writing is a homer all by itself and better yet I get to watch Paul come on the scene along with his brothers,family and Columbus.
Only having lived in the capital of Ohio my first year and visiting several times in my youth, my memories of it were foggy and quaint, however, growing up with the O'Neills those youthful day all came roaring back in vivid colors and the sweet vibrations of a pre-teen.
Beyond this traveling to the Cape, the City, and Paris was extra, her rebellions (with unexpected revelations) lent zest to the journey. Indeed Philip Roth has nothing on this lady, if fact when reading this the references to her cousin, Mark Twain, were thought only to be in jest, later in reading a review I found that she is really Mr. Clement's cousin. I then realized why _Life on the Mississippi_ kept flashing through my mind while I enjoyed the work. Molly can describe a situation and you honestly feel you are right there with her.
Ok Paul you are the "ultimate warrior," but I really think Molly's way of presenting a story is a lot more fun than watching a pitcher constantly throw over to first to hold you on base.
It's nice to read one that's not that way. A family that got along well then and still gets along. Why then bother to read it if nothing happens? Because it's written so well, there is humor, a great deal of humor -- there are stories of false teeth that look like fangs, wearing her first short skirt with four brothers teasing her about her kneecaps, and of course when she was pregnant....
And would you believe, just because it's in the title, there's a lot of baseball. Her father had played in the minor leagues. Her younger brother Pat played for the Yankees. So it's a story of baseball.
She was a writer for the New York Times and others, so she clearly knows how to write. That's what keeps the book so interesting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book started intresting. Than it just became how great she is and how perfect she is. She goeson an on how she best cook. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by mg
This is the second of Molly O'Neill's books that I've read. I finished the sample at about two am and immediately bought the book I;m still reading and enjoying it-I hope she'll... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by margery W. howe
A great read, with some hilarious images of the way growing up was and poignant memories of the way life flows.Published on April 27, 2010 by row halpin
This book was received in a very timely fashion,much faster than I expected.For a used book,it was in excellent condition.I also enjoyed this book very much. Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by alleycat
What a wonderful book of the American Family. Written from the perspective of the oldest sibling, who is also the only girl, it is just plain fun. Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by Margie Gilbert
Molly O'Neill has a very engaging writing style that pulls you into her world. It's a world peopled with the wildly obsessed, but go along as the ride is enjoyable. Read morePublished on February 6, 2007 by Lynn McMullen
After reading this book I ordered several copies as gifts. That probably says it all, but I can't just leave it there. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by N. Beja