Kitchen Reader Book Club: A Homemade Life

February 27, 2012

I love to read, especially books about food! I joined the Kitchen Reader Book Club last Spring and have barely had a chance to participate. Apparently we have picked hard to find or popular books because my library has not had a few of these available for months after we post about them. Annoying but I understand. So I have sat a few (ok more than a few) months out but my local library actually had this months pick. How exciting!


February was A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. She writes the blog Orangette, which somehow I have never read and considering my love of all things orange is somewhat shocking. A Homemade Life is stories and recipes from Molly’s life. I liked this book but didn’t love it. She had a great writing style and some very intriguing recipes.


Look how many recipes I flagged! I need to figure out how to best copy them from the library book…





I read this book in about 4 days and it was a really easy ready. I really liked the life stories mixed in with blogging and recipe development. I give Molly a ton of credit for being one of the first big food bloggers who is really a foodie and has amazing recipes. This would be a great vacation read. Would I recommend? Sure. Easy read and she has a great sense of humor. And how can you not like something with orange in the title.


The recipes I really must make:

Fresh Ginger Cake with Carmelized Pears (Scott loves ginger and I know he would go crazy for this)

French-Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon

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Kate February 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

The best part about Molly’s blog is that she is still writing in exactly the same way now as she did before she became well-known. She’s laid back, slightly neurotic (in an endearing way) a skilled and insightful writer and makes simple, easy food that everyone can enjoy. Fame has certainly not changed her, nor the look of her blog. That’s an appreciative trait in a world full of food-blogging divas with superiority complexes.

I enjoyed her book and the recipes, but I’ve been trying out her recipes for a while now and can really appreciate them in their goodness and simplicity.


Mellissa March 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love that and how authentic she is. Such a wonderful quality.


Julie @Savvy Eats March 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I had that many pages flagged in my library copy too. There were so many that I decided I should just buy this one. ;)


Sarah, Simply Cooked March 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

Can you scan all the recipes? I would do it on our work photocopier. Actually, I bet most of them are available on her blog. Perhaps you could just bookmark them online.

I realised from this book that it’s the writing that makes Molly (and her blog) so popular. Some food blogs are driven by pictures. But I really admire that she has concentrated on writing.

It’s wonderful that you were able to participate this month. If I keep the book list running far enough in advance maybe you could read the books out of order if one comes through at the library sooner or later?


Kim March 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I bought my copy so I could just keep the book for the recipes. :)

And my book looks a like yours, tabbed all over the place!

I also joined the Book Club a few months ago, but this is the first book I was able to finish and write a review about. I hope to keep the momentum up. :)



Anni March 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

Haha my copy looks the same as yours! So many recipes to try…

I’ve had a hard time finding Kitchen Reader books at the library – even if I put them on hold a month or two in advance, I’ve yet to get one on time. The Chicago Public Library is the SLOWEST I’ve ever experienced! I’ve started buying them from Amazon and I’ve found most for under $5. Then I gift them to a friend or a local non-profit ( when I’m done!


Katherine Martinelli March 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Glad you could participate this month! In addition to the other suggestions above, have you looked into They have great prices on books, especially ones like this that are a few years old. I’ve gotten lots of great books for $2 or so, and they are always honest about the condition.

I’m curious as to what you liked but didn’t love about the book? I also bookmarked a bunch of the recipes and made her yummy banana bread.


Mellissa March 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm is a great suggestion! I really wish it would have had pictures, I love recipes but don’t love no pictures with it.


jules March 6, 2012 at 3:51 am

Wow. I’m so impressed that your library had a copy.
And thanks for the reminder about the ginger cake..

I’ll second Mellissa on the pictures.. I was surprised they didnt have any. I love Molly’s photography on her blog


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