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Kitchen Yarns

Notes on Life, Love, and Food

Ann Hood (Author)

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In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls.

From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage to food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother’s tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother’s special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood’s own home. She cooked pork roast to warm her first apartment, used two cups of dried basil for her first attempt at making pesto, taught her children how to make their favorite potatoes, found hope in her daughter’s omelet after a divorce, and fell in love again—with both her husband and his foolproof chicken stock.

Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with twenty-seven heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few). In “Carbonara Quest,” searching for the perfect spaghetti helped her cope with lonely nights as a flight attendant. In the award-winning essay “The Golden Silver Palate,” she recounts the history of her fail-safe dinner party recipe for Chicken Marbella—and how it did fail her when she was falling in love. Hood’s simple, comforting recipes also include her mother’s famous meatballs, hearty Italian Beef Stew, classic Indiana Fried Chicken, the perfect grilled cheese, and a deliciously summery peach pie.

With Hood’s signature humor and tenderness, Kitchen Yarns spills tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • December 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-24950-7
  • 5.9 × 8.6 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“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.” — People

“These tales of ingredients, recipes, and meals will lift your spirits.” — Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post

“Written in a series of deliciously digestible essays, the wistful and wonderful Kitchen Yarns is a feast for the heart, mind, and senses.” — USA Today

“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.” — Real Simple

“Hood connects food with memory in delicious ways.” — BBC

“Eminently readable, Kitchen Yarns, Ann Hood’s tender, witty, and funny voyage through a life of food, reminds us that the visceral taste memories of our past are essential benchmarks of our life, and that the stories of a family are always best felt and expressed through those dishes.” — Jacques Pépin, world-renowned chef and author of Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

“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.” — Publishers Weekly

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