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One to read more than once!,
This review is from: Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites (Hardcover)
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If you ordered this book because you couldn't get enough of Fisher, Colwin or Reichl, as touted by the publicists, think again. The more book jackets I come across, the more I laugh at the ridiculous comparisons grasped at by those who write the publicity blurbs. Think about it -- can you recall three more different women than the aforementioned authors? Oh, yes, they all wrote memoirs and they all enjoyed good food. End of comparisons.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a can't-put-down modern day memoir, this is it. And I have to preface my praise by mentioning how much I detested a previous Christensen book, "The Epicure's Lament," but not because it was poorly written. I just found the subject matter off-putting, to say the least. "Blue Plate" speaks even more impressively to her talent by the fact that it completely changed my estimation of her as an author, and that I now consider her one of the few today to be taken seriously.
I can't remember reading a more shocking first chapter. All I could think of was "so this must have been the foundation for the ugliness of 'Epicure." (You see: I really can't forget it .) And while the brutality of that scene is not repeated, thankfully, the remaining chapters are no less engrossing.
I would be surprised if you other "foodies" out there do not enjoy watching her tastes evolve from childhood to an adult gourmand as I did, although I can't resist a motherly caution concerning the rather massive alcohol consumption she depicts. I'll just assume she has matured in that respect, as we all must.
It speaks to my appreciation of her talent that, immediately upon finishing the last page, I began thumbing through previous chapters to revisit favorite passages.
It's been a real pleasure, Ms. Christensen.