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Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food (Paperback)
In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood “connects food with memory in delicious ways” (Jane Ciabattari, BBC).
From her Italian-American childhood, through raising and feeding a growing family and cooking with her new husband, food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of good food. In Kitchen Yarns, pairing her signature humor and tenderness with simple, comforting recipes, Hood spins tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.
About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
A feast for the heart, mind and senses.
These tales of ingredients, recipes and meals will lift your spirits.
— Bethanne Patrick
Hood’s essays are like hot chocolate, cozy and warm. Her collection of meditations on food and life touches the big themes.
— Irina Dumitrescu
Ann Hood is a gifted storyteller.… [Kitchen Yarns is] perfect holiday season fare, but be forewarned: You’ll want to keep both kitchen and Kleenex close at hand.
In this cozy read, Hood shares recipes that shaped her… and the poignant life lessons about loss, love, and friendship she learned in the kitchen.
— Nora Horvath
A must-give book for any cooks in your life.… A charming and heartfelt collection of personal essays, all centered on the thread of food.
— Lauren Daley
[Hood] never pulls back from writing with searing honesty—even about painful topics.
— Laurie Higgins
At the end of Kitchen Yarns, you may empathize with Hood’s sadness, but you will not be disheartened. You will just want to rinse out the pan and start over.
— Betty J. Cotter
Moving.… Hood’s sharp essays emphasize food as emotional nourishment, bringing family and friends together—both to celebrate the joys and heal the wounds of life.
From the first page to the last, readers know they are in the hands of a master storyteller.… Full of humor and love, overflowing with heart and life, Kitchen Yarns is a beautiful read.