This week I am discussing Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, the book I selected for the March meeting of my real-life book club. Each of us picked a book based on a theme. This month the theme was cook books and we all are bringing a dish from the book’s recipes. Of course, I didn’t pick a traditional cook book. I selected a collection of essays on food and cooking. It had a small collection of recipes related to the chapter.
- Book Lust
- Maybe Book Riot’s Read Harder
What You Should Know
- This book was originally published in 1988 so it doesn’t account for food trends since then.
- These are essays about eating and cooking. There are recipes, but some are just quick descriptions of how to make a standard dish a little more special.
- The author, Laurie Colwin, was primarily a novelist.
There were no discussion questions to be found this week. Why would my real-life book club pick a book without questions? Well, they picked the theme and I picked the book. I am not going to pass up the chance to read a book in the Book Lust challenge if I can avoid it.
I enjoy reading about food. I just don’t enjoy reading traditional cook books. They seem like a tease. The pictures always look better than my final meal. It’s not that I am a bad cook, I just don’t learn best be reading. Yes, I am aware that I am a very avid reader. I just do better with kinesthetic cooking. Let me figure it out by cooking it a few times.
I enjoyed reading about cooking from a non-chef. Colwin is a novelist who likes cooking and eating. She uses her experience to fill these stories and establish expertise. I like learning things from experts. I like people who take the same to establish themselves as an expert. I am more inclined to eat something new when a food expert suggests it (as opposed to my mother, who, alas, is not a food authority).
Oh, and I got a few quick and easy recipes for my own cooking. That is always nice.
Who Will Like
- People who like reading about food.
- People who like finding new recipes and variations on foods they like.
Other Books This Week
- Fer-de-Lance – I read my first Nero Wolfe mystery. I was meh, but I suspect it was because of the age of the work. It is one thing to write a book set in the 1930/40s with a modern tone, but another to read it in the time and place.
- Dubliners – Yes, my first Joyce also this week. I love interconnected short stories and the audiobook reader (Frederick Davidson- who had done a number of solid audiobooks) did an understandable Irish brogue.
- Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega – I finished the series! Yes, I loved it all. I promptly bought a set of the graphic novels.