Have you ever read The Wednesday Chef? I found it one day years ago when I was blog surfing (is that what it's still called?) I immediately fell in love with the recipes, the writing, and the way I felt after reading. One of my favorite things about reading blogs was being transported into an episode of someone's life.
I received a preview copy of My Berlin Kitchen by Luissa Weiss, The Wednesday Chef, and I was immediately drawn into her world and memories. You see, I've always been a little jealous of people who were born outside of the United States, particularly Europe. They seem to lead more adventurous lives and eat more interesting foods, and have better stories to tell. Far better than my (boring) upbringing in Utah. That's not to say I don't have a special place in my heart for Utah. I do. And perhaps that's why I identified so much with Luisa's journey back to the city of her birth, Berlin.
I kept reading page after page, staying up too late for two nights reading until my eyelids wouldn't stay open any longer. I read between loads of laundry and a quick jaunt to my room to get dressed for the day. (It turned into an hour of escapism and not even my kids found me.)
When I read the last page, my first thought was, "Oh...it's over." Sigh. I wanted it to keep going and at least I know I can keep up with Luisa on her blog.
My Berlin Kitchen is everything a memoir should be. It reminded me a lot of Jacques Pepin's memoirs I read in March while I was on my trip to Virginia. The style is similar and so if you have read that book, prepare to be even more delighted with Weiss' memoirs. She writes with exquisite details her memories of meals with family and friends, new recipes she learned to make, crazy things that happened while she was in Paris, and so on. When she was writing about her time in New York, I found myself transported right back there myself. Her descriptions of New York were both accurate and funny, and made me a little homesick.
But it was her love story that kept me turning page after page. I'm a sucker for a good love story, and this is one really good love story. (I don't want to give too much away! But if you read her blog, you already know how it ends.)
So, this is my new favorite book and I want you to read it too. I have a copy to give to one of you! Hooray!
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