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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Molly Wizenberg Narrator: Mia Barron Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781440761256
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After Molly Wizenberg’s father died, she traveled to Paris and—amidst its culinary delights—realized her heart was in the kitchen. So she began Orangette, a highly popular cooking and life blog that eventually led her to the love of her life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wizenberg's directions are laced with a charming voice that strikes a neat balance with the reflective passages. Her strong personality stands out among her generation's culinary voices.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A book that combines memoir—vignettes about her childhood in 1970s Oklahoma City, her love life and trips to Paris—with anecdote-inspired recipes…This format is itself a tried-and-true recipe. Still, Wizenberg's take is fresh, and the book is especially touching when she writes about her father.”

    Washington Post

  • “Sometimes touching, sometimes humorous, often both, this collection of essays is as much about growing up and family as it is about food. Wizenberg skillfully combines a complex mixture of mood, story, and tone to achieve a wonderful balance in each essay.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Wizenberg has a wonderful way with words—as well as food—and whether you cook or not, you'll find your mouth watering as you turn the pages of this wholly satisfying read.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/19/2014

    " Ugh, I think I'm not much of a memoir reader, but I found this overwritten and off-putting. Though the author's description of her father's life and death is frequently incredibly moving, she could have benefited from a much stronger editorial hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/17/2014

    " I really like how she writes, as well as her great recipes. I have started reading her blog on Orangette now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/14/2014

    " Charming little book with some great recipes... from the author of the blog Orangette. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 2/10/2014

    " There is a recipe at the end of each chapter, including one for an amazing ginger-chocolate banana bread. Delish! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/10/2014

    " Not many recipe's I'll actually use, but it's great reading her book/story after following her blog for years. I love the intersection between memories and food. I find that most of my best memories involve a kitchen, a restaurant, or some other form of good food. Inspires me to cook more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindi | 1/22/2014

    " It was a pleasant read with even more pleasant recipes. Try the Spring avocado salad. Amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/18/2014

    " It's really 3.5 stars. She writes beautifully and by the end she really felt like a friend, but I can't say that I ever stayed up late just to read a little more like I have with other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/7/2014

    " I found out about Molly Wizenberg by stumbling onto her food blog. After becoming a fan I knew I had to buy her book and I was not disappointed. She writes beautifully and the recipes are a great bonus and very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaimy | 12/30/2013

    " I can't wait to try some of the recipes in this book, all the more so because they are connected with such cute, funny, touching stories from Orangette's life in the kitchen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 12/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and found it a nice relaxing read. Nice, accessible, human. I didn't play with the recipes since it is a friend's copy and I should return it to her ... but there are several that caught my eye ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/15/2013

    " Ohhhhh. I love her recipes and the stories behind them. I miss her monthly articles in Bon appetite magazine but at least I have orangetteblog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 10/23/2013

    " Molly Wizenberg writes about her life through recipes. We learn about her childhood in Oklahoma City, college in California and time in Paris. She also writes about meeting her future husband and her wedding. This is a really delightful book and there are some great recipes included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/15/2013

    " a perfect read for thanksgiving weekend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 8/9/2013

    " I took my time with this. I loved how the stories introduced and "placed" the recipes. It gets a bit treacly around her recent marriage, but it's very sweet. I've made Burg's Potato Salad three times in as many months. YUM. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nellie | 4/5/2013

    " One of the best books on food experience. Very honest, engaging, and informative (filled with good recipes). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/17/2013

    " so beautifully written and the recipes i've tried so far are delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora Strang | 3/4/2013

    " So amazing. I need to buy this after reading. Molly does an amazing job of chronologically narrating her life, and sharing memories via food and recipes. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 2/20/2013

    " Fun if you enjoy new recipes and the stories that go with their discovery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Pauli | 1/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! See Annette's review, she hit the nail on the head (easy, fun read) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/23/2012

    " Fun, light read. I liked her views in cooking. It has stuck with me as I have been cooking and baking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reilly! | 8/4/2012

    " I really want to try some of these recipes! The narrative got a little schmultzy at times, but I enjoyed the overall connection of food with memories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 7/6/2011

    " After I read this, I started reading every cooking memoir I could find, hoping that they'd all be like Molly's. Unfortunately, none of them (so far) even come close. But maybe that's okay. I have read this three times now, and I am sure I will read it again. And I never re-read books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/19/2011

    " This book was an entertainingly quick read. Molly Wizenberg's stories are interesting, short, and sweet... with recipes at the end of each chapter. If you like reading about food (and a little bit of Paris), you'll love this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweetnatalka | 5/16/2011

    " That is the most perfect recipe book format if you don't plan to play with the recipes :) I love stories that lie at the basis of each dish and skip ingredients part. A lot of France, US products and a dash of love for sweetness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/12/2011

    " A great collection of family stories and recipes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/11/2011

    " so beautifully written and the recipes i've tried so far are delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MeLisa | 5/8/2011

    " I loved it. Made me inspired to write my own stories of our family and my favorite recipes. I am excited to try hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherriem | 4/27/2011

    " So far so good, love the family stories and the recipes sound wonderful.
    I love her blog Orangette. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/25/2011

    " Brave and honest, funny. A lovely book, deeply felt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 4/24/2011

    " Lived this book. I can't wait to try out some of the recipes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/19/2011

    " A fun, easy-to-read book about the author's life (romance and as a food blogger) and her memories related to specific foods/recipes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriele | 4/11/2011

    " I really liked the stories accompanying each recipe.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaLa | 4/10/2011

    " First recipe I am going to try? Spicy Carrot Pickles. Mmmm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/8/2011

    " A collection of very charming essays, wtih accompanying recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 4/4/2011

    " Kristina TOLD me I'd enjoy it - she was right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 4/4/2011

    " Nice memoir and stories along with tasty memories. Not the best foodie book out there, but a very tasty read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toria | 4/2/2011

    " Enjoyable read for anyone who is (or wants to be) a foodie. "

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About the Author
Author Molly Wizenberg

Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit and the Washington Post. She lives in Seattle with her husband Brandon and their daughter June.

About the Narrator

Mia Barron has worked at theaters in New York and around the country. Her film and television credits include The Guiding Light and the independent feature The F Word. She was awarded the 2003 Publishers Weekly Listen Up award for her audiobook narration.