Delightful book filled with fantastic hints on how to make delicious and healthy often low-cost meals. I learned so much and I've been cooking for so...moreDelightful book filled with fantastic hints on how to make delicious and healthy often low-cost meals. I learned so much and I've been cooking for so long. I really enjoyed this one.(less)
I really enjoyed this book from the coming-of-age story to the recipes that the author included from the characters who shaped her life and her career...moreI really enjoyed this book from the coming-of-age story to the recipes that the author included from the characters who shaped her life and her career. I especially liked the way that Reichl describes her childhood and the trials of being in a family where her mother was bipolar and at least a challenge while growing up. This amazing and amusing memoir was a delight to read and brought forth a lot of memories from the crazy 60s and 70s. I haven't tried any of the recipes (and she's kind of intimidating only because I've followed her for so many years), but I'm more drawn to attempt some of them now that I've read her book.(less)
I wouldn't even give this book one star were I able to give it fewer, but OK I'll give it one star if only for the one chapter that redeems it from th...moreI wouldn't even give this book one star were I able to give it fewer, but OK I'll give it one star if only for the one chapter that redeems it from the fire. The author AND the editor did a horrendous job on this book. I found so many incongruities that it was totally distracting. She claims that she was "working" at her father's drugstore at 4 years of age reading maps and directing the driver of the delivery truck. All of this because her mother was never home and had mental problems, however, in the next chapter she says that her mother hardly ever left the house, almost making her sounds like a recluse. Then her Mom was volunteering at the alter society, the historical society and so on and so forth. Her one saving grace seemed to be her father whom she gives short shift to while expounding the other childhood friends and neighbors who sound like real losers. By the end of the book I was totally concerned about the author's mental health rather than her mothers. She seriously expected us to believe that there was never any food in the house and nobody cooked any meals there at all and yet, they could be absolutely house bound in subfreezing weather for days. She even told stories about products that weren't on the market when she was a child, leaving the reader to fail to believe anything she wrote.
The one chapter that saved the whole book was about someone named "Warty" who ran the town dump. It wasn't enough of a positive experience to save the book from condemnation. Again, I wonder the mental stability of someone who can't control the anachronisms from her writing and the quality of the editor that allowed this to go to print...Penguin, really? (less)
Wonderful book that many people would think was deadly dull, but Winchester is an amazing author! I loved the story of William Smith and was fascinate...moreWonderful book that many people would think was deadly dull, but Winchester is an amazing author! I loved the story of William Smith and was fascinated by the birth of modern geology especially England in the late 16th early 17th century. The social caste system and the split between the elite who collected fossils but would soil their hands and those like Smith who loved the science of it and weren't afraid to get dirty searching and finding the right theories to explain the layers of rock. It wasn't always a happy life/endeavor, but it was one that proved to make a radical change in geology. I admire this author so much!(less)
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover AND from bird to bird. The writing was great and the adventure was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the persp...moreI enjoyed this book from cover to cover AND from bird to bird. The writing was great and the adventure was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the perspective of a young carefree birder with little backing him but youth and desire heading out on the road to go birding and to break a record. It was nice to see that he also learned something about himself and the birds of America. 1973 was a long time ago and hitchhiking across the nation was all the rage at the time. It's startling to see how much has changed both in society in general and in the birding world. I've read a couple of birding books in the past but this is the one that has grabbed me the most and has gotten me to look further into doing some birding of my own.(less)