Love this combination of cookbook and food essays Gave me a feel good feeling about the kitchen, food and family. This book is straight up amazing It s one of those books that makes you wish you could invite the author over for a cup of tea or coffee, and talk about all kinds of things with her, not just cooking But then at the same time, you wish she could come over and make jam with you, or biscuits, or her amazing spiced beef recipe, just so you could see how truly easy these recipes are But unfortunately, Ms Colwin died in 1992, very unexpectedly My husband had looked it up for me, and so when I came across in one of the essays that she was writing in October of 1992 the same month she died , it made me quite sad.Anyone who loves food will love this book, especially those who love to cook There are so many recipes to be found within its pages, and I ve managed to cook one already the recipe for Inez Fontenez s Succotash, which was a huge hit at my house I also loved how Ms Colwin insists that children will eat almost anything, that you don t have to prepare special kid food ie, chicken nuggets and French fries for every meal The bit about how she and her daughter will eat capers straight out of the jar made me laugh, as my kids fight over the measuring spoon when I use fish sauce Kids can be picky, sure, but they can also love foods that would surprise most adults.I highly recommend this book It s worth it as sort of a love story on food, but the recipes look pretty incredible as well And the recipes are so very accessible you won t have to go out and find some obscure ingredient or strange implement to make them Buy this book You will not regret it. More Home Cooking, Like Its Predecessor, Home Cooking, Is An Expression Of Laurie Colwin S Lifelong Passion For Cuisine In This Delightful Mix Of Recipes, Advice, And Anecdotes, She Writes About Often Overlooked Food Items Such As Beets, Pears, Black Beans, And Chutney With Down To Earth Charm And Wit, Colwin Also Discusses The Many Pleasures And Problems Of Cooking At Home In Essays Such As Desserts That Quiver, Turkey Angst, And Catering On One Dollar A Head As Informative As It Is Entertaining, More Home Cooking Is A Delicious Treat For Anyone Who Loves To Spend Time In The Kitchen This was even better than the first book But really biscuits, butter, and roast chickenneed I say You know how when you love something, and that love attracts all sorts of derision and mockery from others Like when you love Miley Cyrus, and you re afraid to tell anyone you know, so you keep it inside for months and months until you meet someone you think you could call friend best friend, even so you share your dirty little secret love of MC and s he turns to you with a look of disgust and horror and answers with She s no Dylan And you re thinking, What do I say to that I don t even like Bob Dylan And I never said Miley was anything like that dude in the first place but instead of saying that, you reply with Oh, I forgot I have a colonoscopy appointment in 10 minutes See ya You need not settle on secret love when it comes to this glorious little book of essays Share that love with the world, and everyone will want to embrace you Laurie Colwin is a writer I aspire to be, and for once, the peoples and snobs of Earth would agree she s awesome. I first read this book, and its companion Home Cooking A Writer in the Kitchen in 1997 This time around I devoured it in one sittingand it is still a satisfying read.Food writing as it should be..true Kitchen Table talkfull of stories, anecdotes, hints, tips, victories and flops The recipes some worksome don tThe favor Ms Colwin did for me was mentioning Taste of Country Cooking by the inimitable Edna Lewiswhich title I recommend to anyone interested in American cookerybesides that, Ms Lewis is one hell of a storyteller.MORE HOME COOKING has a chapter on what to eat whilst suffering JET LAG.the bugbear of our times Her chapter on feeding children is a gem since she does not focus so much on the dos and donts as she does on the exciting the palate of those who are not jaded..Her chapter on Lentil Soup left me with a serious cravingand are those drool spots on the page s I love this book It s a pity Ms Colwin died so youngwe lost a good Foodie.and a Good Woman to boot.4 Stars Much like the earlier book Home Cooking, natch , this is a lovely warm tale of how Laurie Colwin feeds her family It always makes me sad that she s not with us any as I would love to read her writing today in these foodie times to see how she might have evolved. An example of being better More Laurie C, your best girlfriend who can march into your kitchen on a day when you ve sprained your ankle and bounced a check, stare into your fridge for 2 minutes, and whip up something comforting Recommended for the anxiety ridden and the hungry. I truly love Laurie Colwin, and was personally devastated when she died in 1992 I ve read all of her books, and though this one is not a work of fiction, it is every bit as wonderful as the others.The book is a series of essays Colwin wrote for different publications about food and cooking It s a combination of stories, recipes, and life lessons, all told in her incomparable style She writes like someone who is your best friend, and maybe doesn t live nearby any It s like she is telling you what s been happening with her and her family since you last talked.The recipes that I have tried are all really good, and for the most part, very simple.I so wish she was still around to write But what she left is definitely better than nothing The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction A person cooking is a person giving Even the simplest food is a gift.Occasionally details date this 1992 book, e.g how unhealthy eggs are But overall, Colwin s writing is timeless and enduring I love her Though our lives are were she, 48, didn t wake up one October day in 1992 different in context and culture, her themes of cooking, reading, writing, family, and community are practices I cherish She writes about reading and I purr not even a feline aficionado as I vow to reread all of Barbara Pym Basically, all I ever do is read I read about monastic life, polar Eskimos, arctic travel I have no interest in ever going to the Arctic, by the way, and as I am not Christian, I can never enter a monastery and I read English novels One of my favorite novelists is Barbara Pym, who is an underrated writer, like Jane Austen Everyone things she s just darling, but she is not just darling, she s really tough One of the great things about Barbara Pym is that the food in Barbara Pym is just wonderful.Colwin is Queen of zingers Black beans are the frazzled person s friend.Biscuits are the utility infielder of the culinary world.What is good for Mrs Edna Lewis is good for the nation, in my opinion.A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.Lentils are friendly the Miss Congeniality of the bean world.It is amazing how many adults loathe beets although pur ed, strained beets are a staple in the baby food industry.Added to the riches of Colwin s prose, are the resources she recommends cookbooks by Elizabeth David, Marcella Hazan, Edna Lewis, Sylvia Thompson, Jane Grigson, Margaret Costa, John Thorne, and Madhur Jaffrey A hemisphere of food writing awaits.The recipes look lovely, but so far they have nourished only my spirit I chuckled at this If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me I don t have time to bake bread any, I would be as rich as Donald Trump used to be.