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    The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone | Book Review

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    The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone Genres: Food, Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2007 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great-grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria―the family’s homeland―with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. The Lost Ravioli…

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    Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz | Book Review

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    Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz Genres: Biography, Food Original Publication Date: 2012 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon The definitive biography of Julia Child. Bob Spitz takes us beyond the image of Child as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook. He establishes her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, and helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world, and altered the way America eats and…

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    My Life in France by Julia Child | Book Review

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    My Life in France by Julia Child Genres: Food, Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2009 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets, and taking…

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    Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell | Book Review

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    Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell Genres: Food, Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2005 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year. It’s a hysterical, inconceivable redemptive journey — life rediscovered through aspics, calves’ brains, and créme brûlée. The somewhat controversial Julie and Julia tells the now-famous story of Julie Powell. Powell was working as a secretary in New York and living in…