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My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)

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Luisa has a way of telling a story that’s nothing short of entrancing.” —Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Chocolate and Zucchini. 101 Cookbooks. The Julie/Julia Project. In the early days of food blogs, these were the pioneers whose warmth and recipes turned their creators’ kitchens into beloved web destinations. Luisa Weiss was working in New York when
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Hardcover, 302 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Viking Adult
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Special K
Oct 16, 2012 Special K rated it it was ok
I think this author probably does food blogging better than she does personal memoir. The recipes at the end of each chapter were the best part of the book- even though a lot of them were for things I don't see myself attempting anytime soon (roasted goose, elderflower syrup). She even managed to avoid, for the most pary, the condescending foodie voice that I loathe in many blogs and cooksbooks (eg. "For this part of the recipe, I use *insert exotic brand* of *insert exotic ingredient* which I b ...more
Danielle McClellan
Dec 09, 2012 Danielle McClellan rated it it was ok
Oh dear, I wanted to like this book, which, like A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table is a memoir by a food blogger writer. Sadly, although both books cover similar territory--a memory, a recipe, a wedding--this one deeply lacks Wizenberg's sense of humor and light touch, and this author spends much of the book wringing her hands over one decision or another. I found her level of anxiety off-putting and felt that her life story was being told a bit prematurely before much h ...more
Laura
Sep 25, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I was eager to read this book before it came out because I thought it would be a modern German cookbook. How wrong I was! I'm not sure how to label this new sub-genre of chicklit (foodie memoir with recipes?), but for what it is it's OK. Very similar to 'I Loved, I Lost, I made Spaghetti' and many others like it. I guess Ruth Reichl really set the template with her autobiography, but Ruth is really an amazing writer.

Luisa is very likeable - she seemed like someone you'd want to be friends with.
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Lormac
Mar 19, 2013 Lormac rated it really liked it
Who should read this book:
1. People who like to cook
2. People who like NYC
3. People who like Berlin
4. People who like the Italian countryside
5. People who wish they could live in Paris, even if just for a little while
6. People who like happy endings
7. People who don't mind a little navel-gazing in the pursuit of a narrative
8. People who do not appreciate how fortunate we are to be able to get collard greens, chile peppers and tamarind sauce in just about any grocery store here in the US
9. Peopl
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Chris
Nov 29, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Kats
All I needed was a fabulous food memoir to break me out of my book slump. And a love story to boot! THIS is what a food memoir should be like! Think Laurie Colwin, David Lebovitz, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Elizabeth Bard--all great food writers whose memoirs I loved. Weiss takes us along the path of her divided childhood--Brookline, Massachusetts and Berlin, Germany--and the food memories that went along with that. She sometimes quickly fast forwards through parts of her life, but stops in parts whe ...more
Margarida
Nov 06, 2014 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não sei se é por ter estado em Berlim há menos de um mês... se é por já estar a preparar-me para lá passar umas semanas no Natal... se é por me ter encantado pela cidade... se é simplesmente pelas receitas culinárias... a verdade é que adorei cada momento que passei a ler este livro. Achei-o um encanto, um doce!
Não conhecia a autora nem o seu blog (embora adore "coscuvilhar" blogs de culinária) e não tinha ideia nenhuma do que esperar do livro. Apenas sabia que era uma mini biografia, género que
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Shawna
Aug 22, 2012 Shawna rated it really liked it
**I recieved this book free through goodreads firstreads!**

There is something wonderful about getting to read a book before it's officially released....it's like being let in on a juicy secret! And this was a wonderful secret!

Firstly, let me say that I do not know how to cook. If it's not frozen with instructions on the box, I'm absolutely lost. But ironically I like to read about people who can in fact cook.

Luisa Weiss however, makes me WANT to learn how to cook. The way she weaves her memories
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Joana
Oct 09, 2012 Joana rated it liked it
This was one of the better written food memoir books. It would have been interesting to better understand why she moved to the U.S. with her father when she was three, rather than staying in Berlin with her mother. Most mothers wouldn't let their ex-husbands take their children to a foreign country, so I wonder what was going on there.

She also seems to want to move back either to the U.S. or to Berlin every few years, which makes me wonder if, in a few years, she is going to tell her husband sh
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Robin
Jun 20, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
The publisher states this is a good read for those who loved JULIE AND JULIA and I agree. A memoir about a woman who returns to her home town of Berlin to make a new start. She was inspired by Little House on the Prairie books which always warms my heart.
Kelly Hager
Sep 16, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
This is subtitled "A Love Story (With Recipes)" and that's basically the gist of the book. But it's actually not just a love story in the traditional sense. It's the love she has for family and friends, the love she has for cooking (and for books!) and the love she has for her two hometowns---Berlin and Boston.

Obviously I connected to her love of books but I also connected to the way that she felt torn between her two selves, the European self and the American one. The only real problem with her
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Cicely
Dec 26, 2012 Cicely rated it did not like it
I truly, truly hated this, and think this book represents everything that sucks about blogging, and more specifically book deals that grow out of blogging. The author simply does not have a compelling story. Her life has been relatively mundane - which is fine, but certainly not worth writing about. However, even if this had just been a boring story, that would have been alright with me. What killed me was that the author THINKS she has a super compelling life story. She came across as overprivi ...more
Susanne
Sep 18, 2012 Susanne rated it really liked it
I am usually attracted to books dealing with identity issues, as far as different cultures and nationalities are concerned. This one falls exactly into that category written by a young woman born in Berlin, Germany to an Italian mother and an American father. She grows up on both sides of the Atlantic and is now searching for that feeling of "home". Well, when you add her descriptions of food and cooking, and a few recipes here and there, it makes for an interesting read.Her writing feels honest ...more
Jane
Oct 16, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
I like The Wednesday Chef a lot, but I haven't been reading long enough to remember the whole story. This book was a nice summing up, as well as being many more things: cookbook, memoir, love story, coming-of-age. Maybe it's my age, but very much of it felt so familiar. Also, there are several delicious-sounding things in here that I want to cook.
Angie Hardy
Aug 07, 2012 Angie Hardy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Who hasn't dreamed about starting over in a completely different country. This book definitely made me want to visit Berlin. I really adored Luisa and the recipes sounded mouthwatering; I plan to try some of them.

I won this book on GoodReads First Reads program.
Kay Lyn
Jan 15, 2015 Kay Lyn rated it did not like it
Ugh. How much whining can one woman do? "I have a perfect life in New York City, but I miss Berlin so I'm miserable!" "I have the perfect life in Berlin, but I miss New York City so I'm miserable!" As someone from America (though not NYC) and now living in Berlin, AND who adores cooking and baking, I thought this would be a match made in heaven, but not so much. There were very few recipes that appealed to me, and most were confusing: when she says 250*, does that mean fahrenheit or celsius? She ...more
Nicole
I was looking for something light to read. Fluffy, comforting and with a guaranteed happy ending. Extra points if it talked about food. This book hit me right in the ennui, the one that I battle day in and day out. It made me feel that I too am lost in a city where I’ve never felt like I belong. This book drove me to write, whether it would be a food blog or a short story. It filled me with such fierce yearning that I don’t know how I managed to breathe through it.

That’s what this book made me f
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Amy
Sep 17, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
**RECVIEVED AS FIRST READS GIVEAWAY**

Excellent. Inspired me to get back into cooking and the courage to cook for a large group.

I put off reading this because I was so looking forward to it and it did not disappoint! I had never heard of the blog or author before seeing this on the Giveaways page but I was cheering and connecting with the author throughout the book. A warm, approachable personality shines through the book and including actual recipes was awesome!

My criticisms are that as the cha
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Rose
Feb 03, 2016 Rose rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I enjoyed this book very much. The author clearly conveyed her ambivalence about where "home" actually was; the child of divorce, she split her time (and her heart) between the U.S. (where her father lives) and Berlin (where her mother lives and where, eventually, she herself returns). Weiss avoids the pitfall of self-pity and deftly helps the reader to feel her inner conflict right along with her. Each chapter ends with a recipe that complements the theme and/or the characters in the chapter, a ...more
Ashley (yAdult Review)
Aug 14, 2012 Ashley (yAdult Review) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2012, blog, arc-donation
Originally posted at Nose in a Book

This book made me so happy. I’ve read the author’s’ blog, The Wednesday Chef, for quite some time, so when there was a chance to get an ARC of her book My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, I had to enter. I loved almost everything about this book. The cover, the writing, the recipes.

This is the story of Luisa Weiss. She was born to an English father, Italian mother, in cold war West Germany. She moves a lot between various countries and ends up taking a jump and
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Daisy
I don't regret spending time with this book--and I had so looked forward to it too. It has its charms. I read it eagerly--except for a bit of a lull in the middle where there's a crisis. There's plenty of French and Italian food and atmosphere in here, but the more interesting parts are the German sections because that's a lesser-known area in the likable food-memoirs of today. She's an interesting woman, Luisa Weiss, with her many cultures and all those languages. She's shy and not showy. She l ...more
Cheryl
Aug 22, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
My Berlin Kitchen is a lovely, mouth-watering adventure. Getting to know Luisa Weiss was fun. Reading this book was like I had known her all my life and we were good friends. From the time that Luisa was a little girl to the point where she and her husband were celebrating how much time has passed with each other.

The bonus is all the yummy recipes inserted in this book. There are so many to choose from that I don’t know which ones I want to try out first. Ok, well I do have an idea. Probably th
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Anna
Dec 22, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
I knew I would enjoy this book by the subtitle alone - not as much for the love story part, but for the recipes. A series of food-memory essays accompanied by recipes is exactly the kind of book that was written for a food-lover like me. As to be expected, I will not be making most of the German recipes simply because I won't be able to source the ingredients. However, there are at least five recipes that I am dying to make and will add to my list of new recipes for January.

I ended up reading th
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Giovanna
Sep 16, 2013 Giovanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I really wish goodreads let you do half stars. At least for 3-1/2. I often wonder why there aren't more books out there about student exchange. This isn't that, but it is about someone who's pulled between different worlds (born in one country to parents from two different countries and who subsequently divorce), and figuring out where to make her home. It's a bit different than immigrant stories--some similar elements, but not the same.

And there's food. And recipes, for things I want to eat ri
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Janel Gradowski
Mar 19, 2013 Janel Gradowski rated it it was amazing
One of the first cooking blogs I started reading years ago was The Wednesday Chef. While I enjoy checking in with the Ms. Weiss' cooking adventures on her blog I really enjoyed this glimpse at her life. And what an interesting life she lives. She was born in Berlin, but after her parents divorced split her time between there (where her mother lived) and Boston (where her father lived). This memoir isn't all about sunshine and beautiful cooking, there are raw emotional moments. From painful break ...more
Danika
Nov 21, 2012 Danika rated it really liked it
I've read A LOT of books by food bloggers now. This one is good, though not particularly unique. It follows the same format as most- memoir with recipes. I did like the author's interesting take on the 3 cultures she spans throughout her life (German, american and Italian). I've tried a couple recipes and they were very good, but that's almost separate from my assessment of the book as a memoir. I did find the author a bit self absorbed and she dwelled an awful lot on her failed relationship wit ...more
Amy
Oct 15, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've been a fan of Luisa's for a long time now since stumbling upon her blog, The Wednesday Chef. I love the way she writes, so honest, genuine, and thoughtful. I guess you can say that I love reading food memoirs--there's something about telling stories rooted in food that evokes a certain emotion and fondness. Remember near the end of Ratatouille? Just like that, transported back to a certain time, a certain place, a certain moment. Needless to say, I loved My Berlin Kitchen. The stories are a ...more
Evelyn Leong
Dec 16, 2013 Evelyn Leong rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm sad to say that I just finished Luisa Weiss' food memoir, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes). Sad because I really didn't want it to end. The writer of The Wednesday Chef blog, Weiss has a beautiful writing style that draws her reader in. Throughout her telling of heartache, homesickness, love, and joy, Weiss shares recipes that are irresistible. I'm not sure which one I want to try first: the silky buttermilk panna cotta, the oh-so-pretty poppy seed whirligig buns, or the savory ...more
Desiree
Aug 06, 2012 Desiree rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads.
I do have to say this is a good book, not a great book but a good one. There are other memoirs written by other chefs that are better than this one however that does not mean this one is not worth reading. I found Luisa Weiss as a writer not as stimulating as other writers, but she still manages to connect to her readers. A lot of passages in this book weaved around you, surrounding you, making it feel as if you were there. Oh! And the
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Christina
Dec 23, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was warm and comforting like a long-simmered beef stew. And it gave me some context for my own experience of uprooting and transplanting my life, also in my 30s. The recipes inspired me to get back to some ingredients that I'd forgotten about, and encouraged me to try some new things.

Note: my 5-year old son asked me to read excerpts to him during breakfast and bedtime so that he could "learn to be a better cook." Having that kind of magic bound up with a book is something
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Mary
Jul 16, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! Combines 3 of my favorite genres - memoir, cooking, & travel. Don't let the title fool you -- not only does Luisa Weiss (The Wednesday Chef blog) write about her experiences growing up, living, & cooking in Berlin, she also writes about her experiences living & cooking in New York, Paris, Boston, & Rome. Her writing is so personal - you experience all her emotions as she moves through her life - joy, confusion, frustration, love of family & friends. Luisa ...more
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Luisa Weiss was born in West Berlin and spent her childhood shuttling back and forth between her Italian mother in Berlin and her American father in Boston. She started her much loved and highly acclaimed food blog, The Wednesday Chef, in 2005, and has worked as a literary scout and cookbook editor in New York. She now lives in Berlin with her husband and son.
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“I couldn't will my beloved Berlin streets across the world or make the people I loved appear when I needed them, but by summoning the flavors of Berlin and the foods of my loved ones, my kitchen became my sanctuary, the stove my anchor.

Distance means nothing when your kitchen smells like home.”
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