Cookbook Review: A Homemade Life

A Homemade Life is a collection of essays and recipes written by Molly Wizenberg (this link takes you to her lovely blog, Orangette). This non-traditional cookbook reads like fiction – I couldn’t put it down. Each recipe is prefaced by an essay; the stories follow Molly chronologically through her life.  It begins with childhood memories of her father and a recipe for his potato salad and ends with an essay about her wedding and how she made the wedding cakes (all 20 of them). The cake recipe sounded so good I went out and bought white flour and white sugar, both of which I had been trying to keep out of the house at the time. And then, since I had already bought the goods, I kept baking. I couldn’t help myself, it all sounded so good! So if you’re trying to eat healthier, this may not be the book for you!

Recipes Tried: banana bread with chocolate and crystallized ginger, chocolate cupcakes with bittersweet glaze, Burg’s french toast, coconut macaroons with chocolate glaze, Winning Heart and Mind Cake (aka wedding cake), Jimmy’s Pink Cookies, Dutch baby pancakes with sugar and lemon, radishes and butter with fleur de sel.

Pros: All the recipes that I have made have been fantastic. I find that her recipes are very detailed and easy to follow.

Cons: Most of it is not healthy eating, but she doesn’t pretend it is. There are no pictures.

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  1. ooh this books sounds RIGHT up my alley 🙂 I’ll have to look for it. It sounds similar kind of to one I read called Hungry Monkey. Read that one! It’s like a narrative cookbook about feeding kids. And it has some GREAT recipes in it too!

  2. Rhonda –

    I did read Hungry Monkey. It’s my understanding that the author of Hungry Monkey and the author of A Homemade Life are friends. They both live in Seattle and she kind of encouraged him to write Hungry Monkey. They also do a podcast together called Spilled Milk.