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Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

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By (author) Laurie Colwin, Illustrated by Anna Shapiro

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 193 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 23 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307474410
  • ISBN 13: 9780307474414
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 111,168

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Share the unsurpassed pleasures of discovering, cooking, and eating good, simple food with this beloved book. Equal parts cookbook and memoir, Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking combines her insightful, good-humored writing style with her lifelong passion for wonderful cuisine in essays such as Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, Repulsive Dinners: A Memoir, and Stuffed Breast of Veal: A Bad Idea. Home Cooking is truly a feast for body and soul.

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Author information

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels--"Happy All the Time"; "Family Happiness"; "Goodbye Without Leaving"; "A Big Storm Knocked It Over";""and "Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object"--three collections of short stories--"Passion and Affect"; "The Lone Pilgrim"; and "Another Marvelous Thing"--and two collections of essays, "Home Cooking "and "More Home Cooking." Colwin died in 1992.

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"As much memoir as cookbook and as much about eating as cooking." --"The New York Times Book Review" "The one true kitchen friend." --"The Washington Post " "Celebrates a life devoted to food, with chapters on how to cook a meal for several hundred people, how to prepare a gourmet dinner with eggplant in your bathtub, and how to make the best fried chicken in the world." --"Santa Fe New Mexican " "Laurie Colwin's food thoughts are like phone calls from a dear friend." "--The New York Times" "A delightful tribute to food, friends and kitchen memories.... This charmer is as irresistible as homemade shortbread." --"San Diego Union-Tribune " "A very funny book. Funny enough to make you giggle out loud." --"Newsday " "[Laurie Colwin] is a home cook, like you and me, whose charm and lack of pretension make her wonderfully human and a welcome companion." --"Chicago Tribune " " " "I decided to lean back and trust Ms. Colwin when she revealed that 'I am never on a diet regime I cannot be talked out of.'" --Ann Banks, "The New York Times Book Review" "Delightful. . . . [Colwin] is funny, and for some reason funny stories about food are as funny as things can get." --"St. Petersburg Times" "Cozy, unpretentious good sense . . . characterizes all her food writing." --"The New York Times" " " "I have in my kitchen a book called "Home Cooking. "And, in between following the recipes for Extremely Easy Beef Stew, or Estelle Colwin Snellenberg's Potato Pancakes, I would frequently sit down on a little stool in my kitchen and read through one of the essays in that book. I never read through "The Joy of Cooking, "and I can read the "Silver Palate Cookbook "standing up, but I always sat down to read these." --Anna Quindlen "Laurie Colwin is both sensible and sensitive when writing about food, and [her] prose makes me laugh, cry and feel hungry all at the same time." --"The Baltimore Sun " " " "Reading

Table of contents

Foreward Home Cooking: An Introduction Starting Out in the Kitchen The Low-Tech Person's Batterie de Cuisine Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant How to Fry Chicken Potato Salad Feeding the Fussy Bread Baking Without Agony Friday Night Supper How to Disguise Vegetables Fish Feeding the Multitudes Chocolate The Same Old Thing Red Peppers Dinner Parties How to Avoid Grilling Nursery Food Bitter Greens Soup English Food Without Salt Stuffing: A Confession Flank Steak: The Neglected Cut Kitchen Horrors About Salad Repulsive Dinners: A Memoir Chicken Salad Easy Cooking for Exhausted People How to Give a Party How to Make Gingerbread Stuffed Breast of Veal: A Bad Idea Black Cake Index