Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Homemade Life - Pass the Book

I have thoroughly enjoyed Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. Each chapter is a short essay about Molly's life, a memory centered around a particular food,and is followed by a detailed recipe. When I first received the book from Sian as part of her Pass the Book, I was sure it would be the recipes that I enjoyed the most since I really like to cook.

However, it was the stories that drew me in and inspired me in a different way. I began to think about the foods in my life and how certain memories were linked with a particular food. These are the types of memories I want to preserve in my scrapbooks, and I immediately began a list of ideas for layouts. (I actually created a layout about my Grandma and pecan pie several months ago - you can see it here.) For now, I have the list in my idea notebook and plan to take time to journal the stories and memories before deciding on a layout design. These layouts will probably be incorporated into my LOM category albums or they just might possibly merit a book of their own.

Here's a sneak peek at my list of memories/stories:
1. Mama's Biscuits - my comfort food
2. Fried Fish - I catch, I clean, I cook
3. Daddy's Telephone Van Cake
4. Our Cooking Disasters (2001-2011)
5. The Necessity of a Clip-On Timer

Now it's time to pass the book. You can read all about Pass the Book here and Sian's thoughts on this book here. If you'd like a chance to be the next recipient of A Homemade Life, please leave a comment below. I'll pick a name on Monday, April 18, so be sure to check back to see if you have been chosen to receive this wonderful book.

14 comments:

  1. Wow stories AND recipes. Sounds like my kind of book. And I am just at the end of my current book. This would be a great next read.

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  2. What a fun idea - pass the book! I wish I was eligible, but alas, postage here to Beijing is expensive and unreliable and takes FOREVER!! I'll have to check that one out next time I'm in the States. I love reading about your memories. Being a huge user of timers, I think I can imagine what all the reasons are for a clip on timer. I've actually never had one but think I need to get one. : )

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  3. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

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  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Melissa (I knid of thought you would!) and I love how it has inspired you - I think I'll make a list of my own now. I can mull it over in my head while I do laundry. Thankyou.

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  5. Just love the concept of Pass The Book; this one sounds interesting too.

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  6. Oh, this is my knid of recipe book! LOVE the idea of a clipon timer, hasn't never crossed my mind, genius ;)

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  7. Sounds really interesting and thinking about it I agree that there are loads of memories connected to foods. I would love the chance to win this book thank you xxx

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  8. sounds like a great book, especially to have inspired so many interesting-sounding stories!

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  9. Oh wow! Now that sounds fab :)

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  10. Wow, I love that you posted this because I was just checking out this book at the bookstore the other day and thought it looked like a good read! Based on your review, it looks like I'll need to add it to my "must read" list.

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  11. That sounds great, love to read how it inspired you :-) I've had a lovely catch up over here - got quite a thrill to see my blog hop badge here! - but I'm leaving my catch up comment on this post because I'd love to be in the draw to read this book, thank you xx

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