Kitchen Yarns

Kitchen Yarns

Notes on Life, Love, and Food

Book - 2019
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"In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls. From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage to food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother's tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother's special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood's own home. She cooked pork roast to warm her first apartment, used two cups of dried basil for her first attempt at making pesto, taught her children how to make their favorite potatoes, found hope in her daughter's omelet after a divorce, and fell in love again— with both her husband and his foolproof chicken stock. Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with twenty-seven heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few). In 'Carbonara Quest,' searching for the perfect spaghetti helped her cope with lonely nights as a flight attendant. In the award-winning essay 'The Golden Silver Palate,' she recounts the history of her fail-safe dinner party recipe for Chicken Marbella— and how it did fail her when she was falling in love. Hood's simple, comforting recipes also include her mother's famous meatballs, hearty Italian Beef Stew, classic Indiana Fried Chicken, the perfect grilled cheese, and a deliciously summery peach pie. With Hood's signature humor and tenderness, Kitchen Yarns spills tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home." -- Pages [2-3] of cover.

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IndyPL_KathyH May 03, 2019

Three words - food is love. And no one tells that story better than Ann Hood. If someone has cooked for you - your Mom, your Dad, your significant other - or you have prepared a meal with love for someone else - you will get this book. Hood wraps up all of life's important moments - childhood, love, marriage, death, divorce - in a favorite meal. Who among us hasn't turned to a home cooked meal for comfort? Or have been flooded with memories of our Mom when we eat a dish that she prepared? I loved this book! Poignant, touching and has recipes!

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blcwrites
Apr 10, 2019

Ann Hood's latest, first yarn and knitting, and now food is a tribute to how much she can wring out of a few experiences. Not to say that the death of a child isn't life shattering or that cheating husbands aren't devastating. But, if you've read any of her other books (save a few novels) she is again mining what has already been brought out and viewed several other places.

She's very funny and smart in person but the Ann Hood in this book doesn't do justice to the Ann Hood I've met and heard "live." Catch her on a podcast - more there to enjoy.

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Indoorcamping
Feb 23, 2019

After reading "Spoon Fed" by Kim Severson, and "The Bread and the Knife" by Dawn Drzal, this was a little too light, a little too nothing, like a meringue without sugar. Just couldn't get more than halfway through without getting tired of hearing about the same things. Somehow it was kind of boring, actually. Maybe it would have been better if I hadn't read the previous two memoirs which were pretty much exactly the same book, only told with more sparkle and wit and something that made me want to keep reading (even when I was too tired or should have been doing something else). This one felt like less fun and more like my mom talking too much about stuff I have already grown tired of hearing.

Sorry, because I know she's a good writer and she was incredible on podcasts during her book tour, but I'm not gonna lie.

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niceauntie
Jan 14, 2019

This is a must read if you love to cook for the people in your life. It is a book of essays all about the author's cooking experiences and how food plays such an important role in her family life. It is light reading and is often amusing. Great little book.

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