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More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen

More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen

Current price: $16.99
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Harper Perennial
Balin Books
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With a new foreword by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, the triumphant sequel to Home Cooking by “a home cook, like you and me, whose charm and lack of pretension make her wonderfully human and a welcome companion as she chatters on about the small culinary accomplishments and discoveries that occur in her kitchen” (Chicago Tribune). 

Lucky readers in the 1970s and ’80s discovered Laurie Colwin’s urbane, witty fiction in The New Yorker, as well as her warm, engaging food writing in Gourmet magazine columns. More Home Cooking, the second collection of these columns, is an expression of Colwin’s lifelong passion for cuisine and offers a delightful mix of recipes, advice, and personal anecdotes from the kitchen and beyond. She muses over the many charms and challenges of cooking at home in timeless essays including “Desserts That Quiver,” “Real Food for Tots,” and “Catering on One Dollar a Head.”

As informative as it is entertaining, and filled with Colwin’s trademark down-to-earth charm and wit, More Home Cooking is a rare treat for anyone who spends time in the kitchen and feels “like having a great conversation with someone that you love” (Samantha Bee).

About the Author

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels: Happy All the Time; Family Happiness; Goodbye Without Leaving; Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object; and A Big Storm Knocked It Over; three collections of short stories: Passion and Affect, Another Marvelous Thing, and The Lone Pilgrim; and two collections of essays: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. She died in 1992.

Praise for More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen

"Colwin's humor calms you down. It's a treat to read her classic cookbook-memoirs." — Wall Street Journal

“Colwin’s food writing is built on a commitment to good, simple food, cooked very well; what she describes in one of her novels as a sort of domestic sensuality.” — Vox

“Every home cook should have Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking and More Home Cooking on hand for brief moments of culinary self-doubt or personal inertia. . . . [Colwin’s] work embodies the home cook’s generosity of spirit—making do, improvising, exhibiting grace under pressure. Naturally, there are also recipes, all of which are unfussy enough to tackle at 7 P.M. on a Tuesday and delicious enough to remind even the most experienced home cook of the beauty of simplicity.” — Jezebel

"Even as someone who doesn’t love to cook, the book was a joy for me to read." — Book Riot

“The first time I read Laurie Colwin I knew I’d found the friend I’d always wanted to join me in the kitchen. Warm, funny and unpretentious, she made me laugh and made me want to cook. Her recipes were easy and delicious. All these years later, when I’m feeling sad, or wondering what to cook, I turn to Laurie Colwin. And she never lets me down.” — Ruth Reichl, author of Delicious!

“Laurie Colwin teaches us how to cook, eat, deal with disasters, write and live. We turn to her books for a kind of comfort and sustenance that only she can provide.” — Emily Gould, author of Friendship and Perfect Tunes

“Filled with essays about food, family, and life. . . . Her writing is a treat. . . .It’s a joy to read—the kind of work that makes you want to get cooking yourself.” — Boston Phoenix

“We all need a best friend when we are at home cooking; this is the next best thing.” — Seattle Weekly

“Colwin’s writing is down-to-earth and friendly, as though she is presenting little morsels she has prepared just for you. There are no frills or tricks. Like a classic dish, her writing’s magic in its simplicity.” — Charlotte Observer