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More Home Cooking like its predecessor Home Cooking is an expression of Laurie Colwin's lifelong passion for cuisine In this delightful mix of recipes advice and anecdotes she writes about often overlooked food items such as beets pears black beans and chutney With down to earth charm and wit Colwin also discusses the many pleasures and problems of cooking at home in essays such as Desserts That uiver Turkey Angst and Catering on One Dollar a Head As informative as it is entertaining More Home Cooking is a delicious treat for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen

10 thoughts on “More Home Cooking A Writer Returns to the Kitchen

  1. says:

    I have read this beloved cookbook so many times that as I skim through favourite bits they almost feel like my own well worn stories I associate this book entirely with my first year in England I had not long been married and I was pregnant I knew almost no one but I was lucky in my next door neighbours We lived side by side in a Victorian semi detached cottage divided in the front garden by a red rose hedge The two young daughters of the neighbouring family had the long blonde hair and pink cheeks of little fairy princesses and they seemed so sweet that I was delighted to be having a baby daughter myself Marilyn the mother had an extensive collection of paperback novels that she was willing to share and I remember gorging on the novels of Mary Wesley Joanna Trollope and Rosamund Pilcher For an idyllic two months I had nothing to do but read cook take walks and contemplate my approaching motherhood I'm sure not everyone would enjoy this state of solitary suspension but I loved it I probably would have felt uite alone if I didn't have all of these fictional friends but I did and I also had Colwin's cookbooks which I cooked from extensivelyI love the way Colwin writes and her writing transports me to a world which feels safe cosy and civilized This is an example of a scene she creates I had my first taste of black bean soup on a cold winter Saturday when I was sixteen years old A friend home for the holidays from a very glamorous college gave a lunch party and invited me Seated at her table I felt that I mired in high school and barely passing geometry had died and entered a heaven in which people played the cello stayed up at night discussing Virginia Woolf saw plays by Jean Paul Sartre and went to Paris for their junior years abroad But it was the black bean soup that changed my lifeWe agree entirely on a philosophy of food and cooking We also have many of the same comfort foods black bean soup fried chicken roast chicken biscuits gingerbread apple pie and rice pudding I have bought nearly every cookbook she ever recommended although I've never loved any of them as much as I love hers

  2. says:

    I truly love Laurie Colwin and was personally devastated when she died in 1992 I've read all of her books and though this one is not a work of fiction it is every bit as wonderful as the othersThe book is a series of essays Colwin wrote for different publications about food and cooking It's a combination of stories recipes and life lessons all told in her incomparable style She writes like someone who is your best friend and maybe doesn't live nearby any It's like she is telling you what's been happening with her and her family since you last talkedThe recipes that I have tried are all really good and for the most part very simpleI so wish she was still around to write But what she left is definitely better than nothing

  3. says:

    This was even better than the first book But really biscuits butter and roast chickenneed I say ?

  4. says:

    The table is a meeting place a gathering ground the source of sustenance and nourishment festivity safety and satisfaction A person cooking is a person giving Even the simplest food is a giftOccasionally details date this 1992 book eg how unhealthy eggs are But overall Colwin's writing is timeless and enduring I love her Though our lives arewere she 48 didn't wake up one October day in 1992 different in context and culture her themes of cooking reading writing family and community are practices I cherish She writes about reading and I purr not even a feline aficionado as I vow to reread all of Barbara Pym Basically all I ever do is read I read about monastic life polar Eskimos arctic travel — I have no interest in ever going to the Arctic by the way and as I am not Christian I can never enter a monastery — and I read English novels One of my favorite novelists is Barbara Pym who is an underrated writer like Jane Austen Everyone things she's just darling but she is not just darling she's really tough One of the great things about Barbara Pym is that the food in Barbara Pym is just wonderfulColwin is ueen of zingers Black beans are the frazzled person's friendBiscuits are the utility infielder of the culinary worldWhat is good for Mrs Edna Lewis is good for the nation in my opinionA world without tomatoes is like a string uartet without violinsLentils are friendly — the Miss Congeniality of the bean worldIt is amazing how many adults loathe beets although puréed strained beets are a staple in the baby food industryAdded to the riches of Colwin's prose are the resources she recommends cookbooks by Elizabeth David Marcella Hazan Edna Lewis Sylvia Thompson Jane Grigson Margaret Costa John Thorne and Madhur Jaffrey A hemisphere of food writing awaitsThe recipes look lovely but so far they have nourished only my spirit I chuckled at this If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me I don't have time to bake bread any I would be as rich as Donald Trump used to be

  5. says:

    This book is straight up amazing It's one of those books that makes you wish you could invite the author over for a cup of tea or coffee and talk about all kinds of things with her not just cooking But then at the same time you wish she could come over and make jam with you or biscuits or her amazing spiced beef recipe just so you could see how truly easy these recipes are But unfortunately Ms Colwin died in 1992 very unexpectedly My husband had looked it up for me and so when I came across in one of the essays that she was writing in October of 1992 the same month she died it made me uite sadAnyone who loves food will love this book especially those who love to cook There are so many recipes to be found within its pages and I've managed to cook one already the recipe for Inez Fontenez's Succotash which was a huge hit at my house I also loved how Ms Colwin insists that children will eat almost anything that you don't have to prepare special kid food ie chicken nuggets and French fries for every meal The bit about how she and her daughter will eat capers straight out of the jar made me laugh as my kids fight over the measuring spoon when I use fish sauce Kids can be picky sure but they can also love foods that would surprise most adultsI highly recommend this book It's worth it as sort of a love story on food but the recipes look pretty incredible as well And the recipes are so very accessible; you won't have to go out and find some obscure ingredient or strange implement to make them Buy this book You will not regret it

  6. says:

    I first read this book and its companion Home Cooking A Writer in the Kitchen in 1997 This time around I devoured it in one sittingand it is still a satisfying readFood writing as it should betrue Kitchen Table talkfull of stories anecdotes hints tips victories and flops The recipes? some worksome don'tThe favor Ms Colwin did for me was mentioning Taste of Country Cooking by the inimitable Edna Lewiswhich title I recommend to anyone interested in American cookerybesides that Ms Lewis is one hell of a storytellerMORE HOME COOKING has a chapter on what to eat whilst suffering JET LAGthe bugbear of our times Her chapter on feeding children is a gem since she does not focus so much on the dos and donts as she does on the exciting the palate of those who are not jadedHer chapter on Lentil Soup left me with a serious cravingand are those drool spots on the pages???I love this book It's a pity Ms Colwin died so youngwe lost a good Foodieand a Good Woman to boot4 Stars

  7. says:

    You know how when you love something and that love attracts all sorts of derision and mockery from others? Like when you love Miley Cyrus and you're afraid to tell anyone you know so you keep it inside for months and months until you meet someone you think you could call friend best friend even so you share your dirty little secret love of MC and she turns to you with a look of disgust and horror and answers with She's no Dylan? And you're thinking What do I say to that? I don't even like Bob Dylan And I never said Miley was anything like that dude in the first place but instead of saying that you reply with Oh I forgot I have a colonoscopy appointment in 10 minutes See ya You need not settle on secret love when it comes to this glorious little book of essays Share that love with the world and everyone will want to embrace you Laurie Colwin is a writer I aspire to be and for once the peoples and snobs of Earth would agree she's awesome

  8. says:

    An example of being better More Laurie C your best girlfriend who can march into your kitchen on a day when you've sprained your ankle and bounced a check stare into your fridge for 2 minutes and whip up something comforting Recommended for the anxiety ridden and the hungry

  9. says:

    Much like the earlier book Home Cooking natch this is a lovely warm tale of how Laurie Colwin feeds her family It always makes me sad that she's not with us any as I would love to read her writing today in these foodie times to see how she might have evolved

  10. says:

    I like Colwin's writingin her kitchen she is human and approachable