Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

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 From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marr...

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Title:Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food
Author:Ann Hood
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0393249506
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food Reviews

  • Crystal King
    Oct 01, 2018
    I'm a sucker for any book about food and this one was no exception. Hood's latest is a dip into her life and her loves and this collection of essays and recipes will be sure to warm your soul. Make sure you don't read on an empty stomach or you'll come away from the page with a deep ab...
  • Ren
    Aug 20, 2018
    This book has been bringing equal parts joy and tears to my eyes and I?m sad I finished it (although I already made her/Laurie Colwin?s tomato pie, which closes the book in the most lovely, poignant story and also helps to heal what ails you). I never would have appreciated her wri...
  • Lesa
    Dec 02, 2018
    Ah, Ann Hood. I know she's written other books, and I've read other ones, but I identified with her memoir/essay collection Morningstar: Growing Up with Books. Now, she has given us a memoir about another essential part of her life. Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food includ...
  • Shannon
    Jan 06, 2019
    I wanted to like this book more, but it needs a good editor. It definitely reads like individual essays that have been slapped together in one volume. How many times do we need to be told that her son?s name is Sam? Or that she worked as an air hostess in First Class and wore Ralph L...
  • Robin
    Jun 02, 2018
    I was fortunate to read a very early copy of this and absolutely loved it. It's a fabulous companion to her previous book, MORNINGSTAR: Growing Up With Books. More review to come. Publishing date: December 2018 Thanks to WW Norton for the advanced reading copy. ...
  • Ginny
    Jan 05, 2019
    Love, love, loved this book of essays that try and sum up the life and memories that make up Ann Hoods life. Growing up in a Catholic, Italian family in the east, Hood brings you into all the things that made her the writer she is today. The good, the bad, the sad and all the happiness...
  • Kate  TerHaar
    Oct 10, 2018
    What powerful memories food evokes. I loved reading Ann's stories about some of the food and recipes that meant so much to her. Each chapter ends with the recipe that the story refers to. Some of these recipes stirred up my own memories of growing up and made me smile and realize the...
  • Cheryle
    Dec 31, 2018
    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 ...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 21, 2018
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Anyone who gets nostalgia for a favorite childhood meal, or who remembers events largely by what they ate, will find good company in Ann Hood's memoir. Chapters are set to memories of t...
  • Melissa
    Jan 12, 2019
    A gem. Thoroughly enjoyed the stories and want to try each and every recipe some day. ...
  • Emily Goenner
    Jan 04, 2019
    A good 3.5 stars for this book--I enjoyed it. I like food memoirs and this one was like sitting down with a friend, sharing stories, repeating each other, identifying with struggles and sharing recipes, all over a cup of tea. Often, food memoirs are pretentious and so "foodie" they are...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 06, 2018
    3.5 As with music, I'm sure many of can remember when a particular song was played, food and meals can bring about the same type of memories. Favorite foods from our childhood, comfort food we still crave to this day, maybe even struggling to learn how to cook. Ann takes us through her...
  • Miriam Downey
    Dec 30, 2018
    Why is it that sometimes you just need a book that you can read without fuss or anxiety or excitement?just a book that comforts. Ann Hood?s Kitchen Yarns is just that. I began this book of personal essays just before I started preparations for Christmas, and it made me look again a...
  • Melora
    Feb 05, 2019
    I've never read any of Ann Hood's novels, but I very much enjoyed this memoir/recipe book. She tells her family stories well, and several of the recipes look worth trying. Actually, I've already tried one -- her "Chicken Marbella," adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook -- a few night...
  • Larry H
    Dec 16, 2018
    "First we eat, then we do everything else." ?M.F.K. Fisher Like music, food often has such an indelible role in our memories. Many of us can remember where and when (and in some cases, with whom) we first tried certain foods, and some of us can even remember the meals or dishes w...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Oct 23, 2018
    In the postpartum haze after my daughter was born when I began to pick up books again between diaper changes and during nursing sessions, I found a book called The Obituary Writer. Though all I wanted to do was sleep and eat uninterrupted, I couldn't put the book down and chose to re...
  • Kathy
    Jan 20, 2019
    Kitchen Yarns is part memoir and part recipe exchange. Ann Hood takes the reader on a journey of the various parts of her life along with the food that becomes part of her story. These are her childhood and her grandmother's special recipes or her mom's fancy sandwiches. There are meal...
  • Diane Barnes
    Dec 09, 2018
    Perfect light reading for a busy time. Essays on the importance of food, family and friends. With recipes, none of which are fancy or complicated. I intend to try the tomato pie very soon. ...
  • Janet
    Jan 03, 2019
    I wanted to read this book via #NetGalley but I was not approved -- nonetheless, here is my review from a purchased copy. #yourloss :-) From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. In this warm collection of personal e...
  • Debbie Levine
    Jan 22, 2019
    I absolutely loved Kitchen Yarns:Notes on Life, Love and Food by Ann Hood. Jacques Pepin, the renowned chef says "Eminently readable, Kitchen Yarns, Ann Hood's tender, witty, and funny voyage through a life of food, reminds us that the visceral taste memories of our past are essential ...
  • Carol
    Jan 12, 2019
    Very quick and easy read. Ann tells stories of being a child/college student/mom/author, and the foods that accompany these memories. Each short piece is followed by the recipe(s), all fairly simple and mostly what I would call comfort foods. Her style of writing is warm and makes me w...
  • Jill
    Jan 20, 2019
    A slim volume of food essays perfect for winter's coldest days--had me dreaming about the perfect ripe summer tomato. ...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    Jan 22, 2019
    Author Ann Hood has lived quite a life. And her new book of essays Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food is that proof. During her life and career she has endured heartache, joy and love. She honestly writes about her sadness and depression, her time as an airline stewardess, ...
  • Sherrie Howey
    Dec 10, 2018
    The book comprises a series of essays about the author's life and the foods associated with that time period in her life. She taught herself to cook but grew up close to an Italian grandmother whose specialty was gravy (otherwise known as sauce) and gravy was a staple of most of her me...
  • Lisa Miller
    Jan 20, 2019
    This memoir of Ann Hood?s was like ?comfort food? to me. It was nostalgic and enjoyable to read about her life?s most meaningful food memories, with an added bonus of her recipes interspersed. ...
  • Toni
    Oct 09, 2018
    Yummy Cozy 4.5 rounded up to 5 Stars Update: Ann Hood fans: This book just published Dec. 4, 2018. Great read for winter! Kitchen Yarns is a casual memoir with food. Ann Hood recounts her life through its phases of learning to cook and relationships connected to those times. It?...
  • Kerry Ubbing
    Dec 14, 2018
    A warm hearted book - and quick read. Finished it in one day in front of the fire! ...
  • RMazin
    Oct 31, 2018
    Kitchen Yarns is one of the best-titled books I have read. The title is reflective of the author?s memories and interactions with friends, family and food as she experienced bonds shared, strengthened, broken or lost. Each yarn/ or essay is a brief story that explores the meaning of ...
  • Holly R W
    Dec 13, 2018
    In "Kitchen Yarns," the author shares her favorite recipes and tips for cooking and combines them with personal memories relating to the food. I was very interested in the recipes and will try a few of them, beginning with Silver Palate Chicken Marbella. Ms. Hood shares her early ...
  • Literary Soirée
    Aug 12, 2018
    I was thrilled to receive a NetGalley ARC for Ann Hood?s Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. I adore her writing, warmth and big-heartedness, and have followed her story since the tragic death of her daughter Grace at age five from a virulent form of strep. The Publishe...