Light Reading for Heavy Times (#1): Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood

Many of us are reading more, gardening more, eating more, etc. during this strange Twilight Zone time. My reading choices have changed somewhat from mysteries, difficult memoirs of Holocaust survivors, and sad love/family stories to ones that are more uplifting. My real life has enough issues to worry about that I don’t need dark stories. Here is the first one with a lighter touch and a good followup from the book titles in my previous posting.


Kitchen Yarns by wonderful writer Ann Hood consists of essays, or what she calls in the subtitle: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. Going one step further she quotes  M.F.K. Fisher, a well-known food writer, who tells us that food, security, and love are our basic needs. Hood states that these three “are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

Hood goes on to say that when she does write a food essay, “I am really uncovering something deeper in my life —loss, family, confusion, growing up, growing away from what I knew, returning, grief, joy, and, yes, love.”

Her relationship with food peppers all her relationships. Her essays seem to speak to those of us also caught up with a love of food. Hood includes some of her favorite recipes from other cooks as well as her own specialties. Each essay has at least one recipe to enjoy. There is some sadness in her essays, but Hood seems to be able to overcome her sadness and come out making something delicious!

The book is a memoir as well as a cookbook, so you get a double treat!

Kitchen Yarns is published by Norton Publishing with prices ranging from $8.00- $28.00, depending on where you purchase it. It was published in 2019. Enjoyable reading!


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