The month of May led the foodie book club into the polished, inspiring world of Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life: stories and recipes from my kitchen table and blog Orangette. As is often the case, I became completely enthralled with the book and now want to create every recipe in it. Note to self: Nicki this obsession,too, shall pass. In the meantime I have begun the cult-like following that can only develop when an author (truly) impresses the reader and pushes them to follow in some footsteps. The footsteps chosen in only the past couple of days have been:
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Cream Braised Green Cabbage
I didn’t take any pictures. Bad blogger! But I have never felt any sort of passion for cabbage before last night. The recipe calls for carmelizing wedges of green cabbage before adding heavy cream and slowly simmering for forty minutes. Finished with lemon juice, the vegetable becomes tender, succulent, and downright amazing. Cabbage, you have a new sparkle to you. Intrigued by the vegetable, I went ahead and bought a bag of the red version to create one of her other recipes; Red Cabbage Salad with Lemon and Black Pepper.
I’ll tell you now, the to-do list is long. Ms Wizenberg captivates the author with each tale of family life and personal gushing. Each recipe leaves you with a twinge of desire. And that feeling (oh so familiar) of ‘why do I not do more cooking/baking/experimenting in my kitchen??’ Molly begins with her childhood in Oklahoma and takes the reader through some of her ups and downs through life. As another reader pointed out, it’s not that anything remarkable happens, it’s just that she allows us to connect through her writing. From parental quirkiness to long-distance romance, Molly does a great job of intertwining recipes with her stories.
I’m terrible about blogging regularly. If it weren’t for my Blackberry constantly updating me with email, I would be so utterly out of touch with the internet world I’d be shunned. It’s a secret issue. I purposely avoid the computer. I am fully aware that I become fascinated with this blog or that and spend a vast amount of time reading said site. Orangette is no exception to this phenomenom. Wizenberg makes you want to dig into life and all foods that are entangled in it. As is the case with the inspiration for our book club, (never)homemaker. How can you guys be so good at so many things?!?! Can we be taught!?!?
I love that these days we have access to the clever thoughts and words of so many people. Think of how much better it is to share your thoughts on a book than to zone out to the latest TV show! To check out the comments other people posted on A Homemade Life, head over here. And go to you library and check out this book!