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25 October 2011

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I listened to A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg and loved her description of food and family. It was sort of a sappy memoir, but the food writing was wonderful. She has a foodie/writing blog Orangette that is fun to look at once in awhile. I am not a chef at all but sometimes reading a book that makes a simple dish sound so lovely, like pasta with fresh tomatoes or something, it makes me want to try cooking one day.

The only foodie book I've ever loved is Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin. (Of course, I love *everything* by Laurie Colwin, but the fact that she wrote a food book I could love... quite something.)

Katharine,
I tried to read that one but couldn't get through it--perhaps listening to it would be better! And I'm going to check out Orangette--thanks for the reminder!

Unruly,
I remember liking that one too (and liking Laurie Colwin, very much), but it has been SO LONG. I've got to re-read it. She wrote "Goodbye without Leaving," too, didn't she? I have good but vague memories of that one as well. It's hell to get old and forgetful!

Would you say that AND THE BAND PLAYED ON paved the way for titles like THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS?

I enjoyed Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires.

Citizen -- Yeah, "Goodbye Without Leaving" -- such good stuff! She's one of my comfort authors. (Actually, vaguely grateful I haven't had cause to re-read her stuff lately, because it likely would indicate hard times.)

Sarah,
That's an interesting question, and I think it could be answered many ways. My initial reaction, however, would be to say no--I would think there has always been a market for good, personal investigative works on health issues, it's just that these really good types of titles don't come along just every day. I think Anne Fadiman's "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" is another example of such a book...

Care,
Thanks for listing Reichl--she's not one of my personal faves but I know she's very, very popular. At least one of her books probably belongs on this list.

Unruly,
I'm very glad too that you're not currently needing your comfort books! :) Me, I get a hangnail, I need a comfort book. So maybe I'll re-read some Colwin this weekend!

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