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How brave of her to leave the PhD program and to follow her dreams!

Nice review.


Isabel--That would be a huge step to give up your studies. I'm looking forward to reading more about her experiences--it all seemed to work out well for her, didn't it?!


I am so keen to read this, after reading Darlene's review of it all. And even if one's not into cooking (I am and am not at the same time), sometimes it's rather lovely to read about it.


"I don't do badly when it comes to baking, but cooking really isn't my thing." My feelings exactly, and yet lately, I have a new appreciation for its cultural aspects, how certain ingredients or dishes represent a people, and how dining draws people together generally. This sounds like a great book to explore that sort of thing.


I think I started reading Orangette through your blog. I love cooking although I'm not good at following recipes (I keep adding things until the dish becomes unrecognisable) and lately I find myself becoming too lazy to cook. But I love reading about food and this book seems lovely.


Orangette is what inspired me to blog! I LOVED this book and I'm no fantastic cook either - I just loved the stories behind the food, her passion, and her bravery in just chucking it all in to live her dreams, really. It's a real life fairy tale, with great food to accompany it as a bonus. I hope you continue to love reading it!


You're making me hungry! I am so glad my husband both enjoys cooking and does it well. And we have a dishwasher so I don't even have to wash dishes in exchange :)


Amelia Bedelia has nothing on me! Quite useless when it comes to cooking but baking...I can't get enough. Molly's very casual approach to cooking makes it seem less bothersome and so inspiring. How can you not love her!?


Cooking isn't my thing either although strangely enough, I love watching cooking shows! Haven't really been interested in foodie books but hmm, you've made me curious now!


My sister is a personal chef and would enjoy this one! I'm much more of a "basic" cook but as you say you don't have to be great at the activity itself to enjoy a book about it so maybe I would enjoy it too.


Verity--I have a feeling that Darlene has tempted many other readers with this book! I do occasionally like to cook but prefer baking, but I think it doesn't matter when reading this book--she has such a warm manner of writing about her family I think I'm going to enjoy it!
Debby--I think you would like it. She writes about how her family is sort of joined by their love of cooking and being together to enjoy a meal--very nice. I like the idea of reading about cooking or food from a cultural standpoint, too, that does sound fascinating.
Sakura--You're one of those lucky people who can improvise! I tend to get too nervous to make a lot of changes. For myself I don't mind as I'm not really all that picky, but when it's a meal for the family it's another story. I know people who can just "throw" things together and make a marvellous meal--I wish I could do that.
Rachel--That's what appeals to me, too. I think the food part will be interesting, and have heard the recipes are actually not all that hard (may have to try a few out), but the story of how she came to make these decisions sounds really good at the moment. And I think it's very cool she inspired you to blog.
Stefanie--I do envy you your set up! :) Some people just have a knack for it, and others prefer clean up to cooking. Someday I am going to have a dishwasher, too.
Darlene--Yay, I'm not the only one. I do think it's fun to bake and usually have a more receptive audience. I like casual by the way--so I am sure I'll enjoy the rest of the book. And it's been ages since I've thought of Amelia Bedelia!
Iliana--I'm not a foodie either (is that the correct terminology?), but somehow this book makes me feel like I almost could be! :) It's sort of fun watching others to cook--I agree about cooking shows.
Kathleen--Your sister might like it, and even if you aren't into cooking I think it will be an enjoyable read. I might even be brave and try a recipe or two!


I'm with you! I can't cook a tasty meal! So I tend to ogle at cooking books and websites for inspiration. Hoping some of those skills will transfer digitally into me! Never happens. :-(

I'm looking forward to reading this one too. I added this book to my TBR, for the same reason as you. :)


Aths--I do love cookbooks strangely enough and have a large pile of them I keep in a closet. I often try the baking recipes. I should be more adventurous with the regular food recipes, but my family doesn't tend to like playing the guinea pig when I am testing something new. This should be a fun read, however, liking cooking or not.

Dorothy W.

I'm with you and Debby both on doing a little baking (I used to like baking bread), but not much cooking. In fact, no cooking for me. I haven't tried to read food writing, mostly because I'm worried about being bored, but it sounds like this might be worth a try! Certainly if you are enjoying it and like cooking as little as I do, then that's a good sign.


Dorothy--Anything too technical would have me looking for another book to pick up as well. But she talks about her family and studies, so it's not just about cooking. I'll be curious to see how it goes when I get further in, though so many people liked it I suspect I will, too.


I've recently got into cooking memoir type books and loved reading Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone. You should read that one, Danielle - Reichl's mother's cooking is FAR worse than Bridget Jones's! This sounds a most intriguing book, and I'm interested in MK Fisher, too.


Litlove--I think I have the first Ruth Reichl memoir--I must dig it out now. She might inspire me if she is worse than Bridget Jones! I like MFK Fisher, too. What little I read piqued my curiosity. Besides I love the period she was writing and she lived in France, how can I not like that.

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