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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:
4/5 (13 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.
  • (4/5)
    So, lately I am finding that I love a new genre: the food memoir. This one had me wishing for the ability for half-star ratings on Goodreads, as I would rate it 4.5 out of 5. I loved this book! At it’s core, it’s a love story. One that tells not only of romantic love, but love of family, friends, cultures, and food. The narrator takes you on a journey through her past — one where she spent years living both in the States and in Berlin, visiting her mother’s homeland, Italy, frequently as well. She leads you through the smells and tastes of each place, associating them with the memories of her childhood and young adult life. Each chapter ends with a recipe, several of which I tucked away (okay, took pictures of with my iPhone) to try sometime in the future.

    The book has somewhat of a feel to it as Julie and Julia, but I thought it was wrapped in a much better package (or maybe I just liked it better because all the harsh language in Julie’s book was a turn-off). It was a pleasure to read, and made me just want to curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of tea and some yummy comfort food. I found myself cheering Luisa on and rooting for her as I read through her life’s decisive moments. Read this one. If you love to travel and read about food, you should enjoy it.
  • (4/5)
    A nice mix of food, travel & memoir with recipes to boot. Don't think I was the intended audience, but it is a nice format. One of the better 'Blog Becomes Books' that I have read. Each chapter tells a short story with a related recipe. I really wish she had delved a bit more into the Hannchen Jansen (Gooseberry Cream Cake) story. Her first attempt is a failure, would have liked to read the story of when she made it the second time. Would have also liked to see more of the cultural aspect. The author was born in Germany to an American father and an Italian mother and after her parent's separation she spent extended periods of time in both the US and Germany. After college she settles into NYC for several years before deciding to return to Germany. While she hints at the cultural reasons behind it, I would have liked to see it explored more in the book. While I don't think I'll keep it, I will most likely copy some recipes and mail it to a friend who lived in Germany for a few years.
  • (4/5)
    Luisa Weiss is a third culture kid, having been born in West Berlin to an American father and an Italian mother. After her parents' divorce, she shuttled between Boston and Berlin through her school years. Sometime during her youth she began reading and collecting cookbooks and recipes, and spending more and more time in the kitchen. The kitchen became her home, where she could create familiar tastes and smells. Her life-long interest in cooking led her to a career in the cookbook publishing industry and a successful hobby as a food blogger. The “love story” of the subtitle is not just about meeting and marrying her soul mate. The book is filled with the people and places Weiss loves – her parents, extended family, girlfriends, New York, and Berlin.Each chapter includes a recipe related to the memories shared in that chapter. The nice thing about the recipes is that Weiss includes tips about what the food will look like at various stages of the preparation process, as well as mistakes to avoid. Her recipes don't just tell the cook what to do. She also explains why the steps are important for achieving the desired result.This review is based on an electronic advanced reading copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley. I liked it well enough to want a copy for my permanent collection, and it's fairly high on my wish list. I've also added the author's blog to my RSS feed.