cooking people and places to us
Weiss' My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) is (as the title suggests) rife with recipes, each chapter looking at a different time and place in Weiss' life; the child of a Bostonian and an Italian, born in Berlin,Weiss begins her cooking education observing both her parents and her mother's best friend, who babysits for her and absorbs her into their daily household. When her parents split, she too splits into that all too familiar, a home-in-two-places lifestyle, moving on to eventually navigate Paris, NYC, and Germany again. As she ages she finds a solution for the tug--this missing one place while in the other--Weiss cooks her longed for people and places into her apartment(s), replicating and reenacting meals and foods that remind her of who and what she is longing for; all in all a sweet modern travel and love story.
I really enjoyed the book, and really enjoyed that there was someone else out there who does what I do--cooking people and places to me. I loved that K called me to tell me that Luisa reminded her of me, in that Luisa missed one "home," while visiting the other, the way I feel about the Farm and Michigan. I'm bummed the story is over, but I'm am looking forward to following Weiss' blog, The Wednesday Chef.
Sorry I've been spotty blogging lately, will explain soon. Things are so busy at work right now. More soon...