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My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, with Recipes

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, with Recipes

Written by Luisa Weiss

Narrated by Angela Dawe


My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, with Recipes

Written by Luisa Weiss

Narrated by Angela Dawe

ratings:
3/5 (74 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Sep 13, 2012
ISBN:
9781469236360
Format:
Audiobook

Description

It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right feels deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad romantic broke off her engagement, quit her dream job, and went across the ocean in search of happiness.

Luisa Weiss was working in New York after college and living with her future fiancé when she decided to bake, roast, and stew her way through the huge collection of recipes she'd been clipping and hoarding for years. The blog she wrote to document her adventures, The Wednesday Chef, soon became a sensation. But she never stopped longing for her childhood home in Berlin. After months of heartache and a painful breakup, Luisa decided to take the plunge and move back to Berlin.

Anyone who enjoyed Julie and Julia will laugh and cheer and cook alongside Luisa as she takes us into her heart and tells us how she gave up everything, only to find love waiting where she least expected it. Luisa will seduce you with stories of hunting for an apartment with her new German boyfriend, battling with white asparagus at the tail end of the season, orchestrating an awkward three-family Thanksgiving dinner, and working through the difficulties of settling into her new life by baking batches (and batches) of impossible German Christmas cookies.

She will have you rooting for Max, the first man to really understand her divided heart. And she will convince you that while Paris has its magic, when it comes to real inspiration in the kitchen, and in life, there is nothing like Berlin.

Released:
Sep 13, 2012
ISBN:
9781469236360
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    Because I follow the author's blog, I looked forward to reading this book. Although it isn't about her marvelous cooking, she has put recipes at the end of each chapter.. I love to travel and found this book fulfilling my travel wishes. Having been in Berlin and Paris and a few of the other places she has lived in, I found myself wishing I could have been a little mouse in her luggage. What fun to do this all over again. Thinking of this as a memoir, I was disappointed that she didn't go into more detail about her personal life and relationship. We do learn that her dad and she struggle a bit after she moves to Berlin and he feels she abandoned him. Luisa writes about her life, her family and her thinking, but again, leaves out much about her "Love Story." Quark is really difficult to find in some areas, so a substitution list would have been a good page to put in the back of the book. A small point, but so important when cooking between countries. I heartily recommend this memoir to those who need an enjoyable book to read, along with learning some new recipes. Finding yourself proves to be more important then finding someone to love, and Luisa writes beautifully about her experiences in finding herself. Graduation is coming and this would be a great book for your favorite graduate!
  • (3/5)
    A nice food memoir interspersed with yummy but complicated looking recipes, about a multicultural foodie who is raised between two countries (Germany & the US) and her struggles to figure out where she fits in, whether love is enough to uproot oneself, and where she is most at home.
  • (5/5)
    Some of us COULDN'T WAIT to get back to Germany when we were growing up. This is a book for us!
  • (5/5)
    I had not been a reader of the author's blog before reading this, but now I'm interested.It's not exactly a "love story", as the title says; it's more about searching for "home"... which requires figuring out first what that means. Much of the book is taken up with that. As someone who has never really relaxed and said "Yes, this feels like HOME"- I sympathized with her search.I haven't cooked any of the recipes yet, but certainly will be doing so. They range from really simple and straightforward to pretty complex. Each chapter/esay has at least one recipe that in some way reflects on the content; I think this was done very well.I am particularly interested in trying a couple of the pasta sauces: the ragu, and the dead-simple one; plus a version of her recipe for cooking a Christmas goose. I've been cooking a Christmas goose for at least 15 years now, and I've tried a lot of different ways., but not the one here. I think it has a lot of promise, and while I'm OK with the way I've settled on previously, I'm not thrilled, and her technique has some real advantages.Oh, there are many, many delightful looking recipes here! But those 3 are the ones I will be trying soonest.Anyway! I would have found it an engaging read even without the recipes, and the recipes made it even better. I'm rather a stick-in-the-mud, and I love reading about people who are more adventuresome than I am.An interesting account by a woman who felt like an ex-pat everywhere, until she found home. And with bonus recipes!
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely love this book! Perhaps it's because I love to cook and I've been to the places that Ms. Weiss writes about--Berlin, NY, Boston. I enjoy her writing style and her honesty. I recommend this book to anybody with similar interests or who is thinking about writing their own memoir.
  • (2/5)
    Reasonably interesting, although I do admit to an inordinate fondness for books about food. Didn't feel compelled to rush out and make the recipes, however.