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The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove Paperback – February 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Though it covers the same time frame as Erway's Not Eating in New York blog, this isn't a repurposing of her posts—rather, it's a memoir with recipes, a rapidly growing genre. The premise is simple: adding up the money's she spent on repeatedly eating out for lunch and ordering takeout for dinner, the 20-something Brooklynite decides she'll start preparing all her meals at home, and sticks with it for two years. (All that saved money comes in handy when her boyfriend breaks up with her and she has to find her own apartment, but then there's a new dilemma; as her mother points out: what do you do for dates when you can't go out for dinner?) Erway is up for just about any food-related adventure, whether it's making inroads into New York's underground supper club scene, pulling discarded food out of trash bags, or testing the power of menudo (a Mexican stew) to cure hangovers. And the recipes—ranging from a simple asparagus salad to chipotle cornbread stuffing and a soy-sesame filet mignon with wasabi mashed potatoes—will have readers racing to their stoves. (Feb.)
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"Best Cookbooks of 2010" - SeriousEats.com
"Cathy is passionate about sustainable eating and living, and the fact that in writing about her renouncement of eating out in New York , she was also able to paint a vivid portrait of the many innovative movers and shakers in the food scene here, is very telling. There is much more to eating in this, the greatest restaurant city in the world, than restaurants."
-Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia
"In total, this book is really one woman's coming of age novel, with recipes, a sort of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cook."
-Robert Sietsema, restaurant critic for The Village Voice
The Art of Eating In (hardcover) inspired the Huffington Post's "Week Of Eating In" and earned author Cathy Erway a "Ladies We Love" distinction from Ladies Home Journal
"The Top 10 Eccentric Brooklyn Food Personalities of 2010"
"Deserves a toast."
"Another good book born from a blog [...] It is, as food critic Robert Sietsema writes in his introduction, a 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cook,' an insight into Brooklyn's youth culture. And it looks -- breakups, tiny kitchens and all -- like fun."
-Los Angeles Times
"Those who loved Food, Inc. will delight in Brooklyn blogger Cathy Erway's new book The Art of Eating In-a yearlong account of getting familiar with her stove."
"Erway's journey is one of a young artist finding herself, as a cook, as a member of several interesting communities, as a family member, and as a writer."
"Erway is up for just about any food-related adventure [...] And the recipes will have readers racing to their stoves."
"Most remarkable is not the fact that she made it that long without eating out [...] Rather, it's how appealing and simple the author makes it seem. [...] the author gleefully mixes and sautTs through life, making you want to grab a spoon and help. Like a great dinner party, Erway's memoir is full of fabulous food and engaging conversation."
"Follow along on Cathy Erway's culinary adventure; not to the latest celebrated restaurant, but to her own kitchen where she finds something even more important than just better food-she finds herself."
-Giulia Melucci, author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
"Cathy offers practical yet creative advice for living a frugal, healthier and smarter lifestyle with her tales from the kitchen. She also shares entertaining stories about the characters she has encountered through her culinary adventures - I'll never look at the weeds in my yard the same way again."
-Heather Lauer, author of Bacon: A Love Story
"Cathy Erway is my blog Yoda, and spiritual sister in the pursuit of home cooking. For a whole generation of folks raised on take out, here's your essential new guide on HOW and WHY to rock your mealtime, old school."
-Lucinda Scala Quinn, author of Mad Hungry: Feed Men & Boys and Executive Food Director, Martha Stewart Omnimedia
"The ESPN of indie cook-offs is Ms. Erway's blog, Not Eating Out in New York. It provides listings and recaps of local events, and a thoughtful take on the alternative food scene."
-The New York Times
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Top Customer Reviews
I appreciate that the book is not full of whining entries regarding how hard it was but rather examined how much life changes when you choose to eat in. I have not read the blog so I cannot comment on the differences in writing style but the book flows well and has an easy to manage format.
Eating out is so customary in the Big Apple that some apartments don't even have kitchens installed. But for Erway, struggling to support herself as an underpaid executive assistant, this tradition was draining her wallet at a dangerous speed. She decided to stick to home-cooked meals, taking the first step on an odyssey that introduced her to cook-offs, supper clubs, freeganism, and the edible plant life in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
Although Erway originally stopped eating out for financial reasons, this is not a self-help book for cost-conscious diners. She focuses on the way her life changed after swearing off restaurant food, making "The Art of Eating In" a memoir with a little social studies thrown in for added flavor. Each chapter includes delicious recipes, but the focus is really on the people she met and the anti-restaurant activities she took part in along the way.
Not every blogger successfully migrates their online content into print. Erway is one of the exceptions. "The Art of Eating In" is an enjoyable read, with lots of food for thought as well as the grocery list.
Second, blogs are fun because we get a window to someone's inner thoughts. However, when you publish these extensive thoughts in book form, there is a slightly higher expectation from the reader that they are contributing something to the universe (humor, education, anything?), and it is a bit absurd to be reading what feels like every single thought that crossed the author's mind during a two year period. An exaggeration no doubt, but probably connected to my dismay when I realized that the book was over 300 pages when i was only half way through. I too am human and prone to inflating my own projects and opinions, but I haven't yet published them in a book :).
Perhaps some concepts are best kept as a blog. The expectations are much lower on so many levels, and there is plenty of space for our human foibles without extracting such a commitment from the reader. Having said all of this, I think that Jane has a great life ahead of her filled with many more delicious meals and likely a food-and/or writing related career.
Upsides: I loved hearing about Jane's experimentations in the kitchens, her descriptions of food, the social movements she researched, the contests she won, etc. It was just too long winded :(
I found this book hard to put down once I started reading it. I always found myself wanting to know more about where Erway's next meal was going to come from. Sometimes she strays a little far from her area of expertise, especially in the chapter on urban foraging, where she groups arugula with the bitter greens (yes, arugula is spicy, but bitter?) and burdock root as similar in texture to a potato (it's crunchy and chewy, hardly potato-ish), and plantain as similar in appearance to nightshade (well, they're both green, but nightshade is a vine, while plantain is a whorl of basal leaves). The last few chapters are a little dense on details, but overall, the book is an interesting, thought-provoking read.
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