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We highlight one of these books every third week each month. Our 2020 Book Reviews and Commentaries are provided by JoEllen McNeal. Thank you JoEllen!

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

By Ann Hood

 

“First we eat, then we do everything else”.

-M.F.K. Fisher, food writer

 

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 spins tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, and best-selling novels, The Book that Matters Most and The Knitting Circle.  She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

2020 December Book Commentary