“The new Julie & Julia!. . .You’ll finish a chapter and find yourself in the kitchen.” –Marie Claire
The Wednesday Chef (and author of Classic German Baking) finds her way home—a story of love, life, and the search for the perfect ragú
It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right can feel deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad romantic found her way to a new life, a new man, and a new home in Berlin.
Luisa Weiss was working in New York and about to get engaged when she decided to bake, roast, and stew her way through her huge collection of recipes. She started a blog to document her adventures. The Wednesday Chef was an instant sensation, bewitching readers who fell in love with Luisa and cheered her growing confidence. My Berlin Kitchen chronicles Luisa’s decision to give up the life she had built and move across the ocean in search of happiness—only to find love waiting where she least expected it.
“A poignant memoir with charm, heartbreak, family history, and recipes galore.” –Elle
“Luisa has a way of telling a story that’s nothing short of entrancing.” –Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
“Beautiful and inspiring. . . a remarkable and delicious tale of the romance of a lifetime.” –Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
“For anyone who’s ever moved away from home, only to find that nowhere in the world is quite as special, My Berlin Kitchen is a lovely (and delicious-recipe-filled) read.” —Serious Eats
Luisa writes beautifully about her life, her family, and her thinking. The writing at moments feels rough – not in an unprofessional way, but in a sort of gritty and true way – she is not stylizing anything or putting a happy sheen on things. My favorite moment in the book comes when she and her dad are struggling a bit in their relationship after she has moved to Berlin and he feels abandoned. We hear Luisa working through it for herself, and we know that eventually she and her dad are okay again – but there is no shiny, happy, immediate “making up” that happens. And it feels so real and uncontrived. I love that she included those sorts of stories, and not just positive forward-moving moments (though there are plenty of those too). The recipes all look great, and I was startled how much I learned about German cuisine (who knew they were such seasonal eaters in Berlin!). Thanks Luisa for such a thoughtful and clear-voiced look at young adulthood and its challenges, adventures, joys and sorrows. (Also, for what it’s worth – I read this in one night!)
- Title: My Berlin Kitchen: Adventures in Love and Life
- Autor: Luisa Weiss
- Publisher (Publication Date): Penguin Books (August 27, 2013)
- Language: English
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