My Kitchen Year

Author: Ruth Reichl

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Los Angeles Times • NPR • Men’s Journal • BookPage • Booklist • Publishers WeeklyIn the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.” My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons—and Reichl’s emotions—as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking. While working 24/7, Reichl would “throw quick meals together” for her family and friends. Now she has the time to rediscover what cooking meant to her. Imagine kale, leaves dark and inviting, sautéed with chiles and garlic; summer peaches baked into a simple cobbler; fresh oysters chilling in a box of snow; plump chickens and earthy mushrooms, fricasseed with cream. Over the course of this challenging year, each dish Reichl prepares becomes a kind of stepping stone to finding joy again in ordinary things. The 136 recipes collected here represent a life’s passion for food: a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues; a decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods around her home; a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Here, too, is Reichl’s enlivening dialogue with her Twitter followers, who become her culinary supporters and lively confidants. Part cookbook, part memoir, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year may be Ruth Reichl’s most stirring book yet—one that reveals a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world's most famous food editor as she shares treasured recipes to be returned to again and again and again.Praise for My Kitchen Year “Ruth is one of our greatest storytellers today, which you will feel from the moment you open this book and begin to read: No one writes as warmly and engagingly about the all-important intersection of food, life, love, and loss. This book is a lyrical and deeply intimate journey told through recipes, as only Ruth can do.”—Alice Waters“What will send this book to the top of bestseller lists is the lovely way Reichl describes how dishes come together, like the Greek chicken soup with lemon and egg known as avgolemono, and her talent for assembling a collection of recipes her legions of former Gourmet fans will want to make themselves.”—The Washington Post “The recipes make for lovely reading, full of Reichl’s elemental wisdom. . . . In the best way possible, My Kitchen Year is cozy, the reading equivalent of curling up next to a fire with a glass of red wine and perhaps the scent of bread in the oven wafting over.”—Vogue “If anyone can convince us that a dessert, plus two more fabulous dishes, can turn a crummy day around, it’s culinary writer Ruth Reichl, who knows firsthand just how powerful food can be.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “The voice is pure Reichl in a way that makes the reader yearn for a house in the country with a pantry full of staples. . . . And as she finds solace through cooking, we find comfort too.”—Eater (Fall 2015’s Best Cookbooks)From the Hardcover edition.

Will You Love Me When I’m Fat?

Author: Patricia Warner

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Having to confront her own dark past to help rescue a daughter ravaged by anorexia, a mother embarks on a journey of self-discovery that reveals how family patterns get repeated across generations -- often with devastating results. Patricia Rosalind Warner had what seemed to be a blessed childhood. But soon her idyllic youth unravels when her charismatic banker father loses the family fortune in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Later, her handsome Harvard-graduate husband dies in combat during World War II, leaving Patricia a bereaved widow with a newborn son. Marrying a college professor, she rebuilds her life, but her husband’s struggles with alcoholism bring back dark memories from her own childhood just as her sensitive daughter is diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Soon Patricia is thrust into her most harrowing battle yet, one that threatens her family and brings her troubled daughter to the cusp of death. For every parent and child facing similar uncharted territory, the memoir Will You Love Me When I’m Fat? is a comforting and compassionate reminder that hope, love, and self-discovery can overcome even the most pernicious of eating disorders.

The Life of Charlie Burrell – Breaking the Color Barrier in Classical Music

Author: Charlie Burrell

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Charlie Burrell was the first black person to break the color barrier in classical music. In 1949, he was the first black person under contract with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. In 1959, he became the first black person to play in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. In addition to being a classical music pioneer, he was a jazz musician as well, playing alongside many world-renowned jazz artists. He has great stories to tell about critical times in his life. How many people can tell stories about Dianne Reeves, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday—at the same time telling about Arthur Fiedler, Pierre Monteux, and Isaac Stern? Only Charlie Burrell! The Life of Charlie Burrell is no simple story of the triumph of will over oppression, or of an angel who always did the right thing in the face of unending adversity and evil. Burrell’s stories weave a more complex tale of inner strength borne in the crucible of an amazing family, fired by intense ambition and hard work, and catalyzed by a series of mentors—both black and white—from whom Charlie learns important lessons, both intended and unintended. Charlie Burrell's life story provides insight into the character of a man who spent almost 30 years pursuing his dream but sought neither fame nor fortune.If you love stories of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, tragedy and triumph, please click on the cover and begin to read Charlie's incredible journey!

Through It All – A Memoir Of Love And Loss

Author: Heddy Keith

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This is a story about how post-traumatic stress disorder affected one woman’s life. Through It All resonates with anyone who has found love and lost it. A healing memoir of love and loss. HEDDY finds true love as a young girl, but suddenly and unexpectedly loses it. Thirty-seven years later, inspired by her daughter’s questioning, her heart attack, and heart bypass surgery, the divorced school teacher sets out to find out what happened to her lost love. Driven by her undying love for LEON SMITH, she searches for answers to long-standing questions. She yearns to be in his arms again. Heddy kept Leon in her heart throughout the years and various relationships including her marriage. She thinks, maybe he was killed in the Vietnam War, but secretly hopes he is alive and that they can be together again. She searches online for information on Vietnam causalities, veterans, missing in action, and prisoners of war but never finds him listed anywhere. Consumed by her desire to find out what happened to her lost love, she stops at nothing to reveal the truth.“There’s magic in writing. I began by journaling my memories and feelings. Through this process, I found that expressive writing is a great healer. There were times when the emotional pain was so intense that I stopped writing, but eventually returned.

An Afghan Immigrant

Author: Ahmad Ansari

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This memoir explores relevant issues of international importance, especially now with the world in turmoil and the United States in a position to help find solutions to reduce it. The story is based on events in the life of Ahmad Ansari, an Afghan teenager during the 1970s when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It is a tale of a young boy badly injured during a rocket attack on his house and how he has faced life’s challenges since then. He graduated as the valedictorian of his French high school in Kabul and earned a French government scholarship that he almost lost because the communist government at the time considered him “unpatriotic.” With the help of his parents, he managed to leave Afghanistan and go to France to pursue his education. After earning a doctorate degree in engineering, he immigrated to the United States to join his refugee family who had escaped political persecution and war in his homeland. Through his life story, Ahmad shows how unrealistic foreign policies and unfounded idealism of powerful countries can lead to global disasters that can impact us all. Readers will understand the role the United States played to support the Afghan Mujahedeen and foreign fighters, including Osama Bin Laden and his followers, to defeat the Soviets. It also clearly shows how the lack of a coherent and well-thought-out post-war foreign policy by the United States, by abandoning Afghanistan after succeeding in giving the Soviets their own “Vietnam,” enabled an environment for Regional Powers such as Pakistan and Iran to ignite and expand a civil war in Afghanistan. Pakistan with the creation of the Taliban movement, wanting to control Afghanistan, did not realize the consequences of its action and the danger it created for the entire world. The Taliban in Afghanistan played a major role in allowing Osama Bin Laden to become the de facto leader of that country. Emboldened by the defeat of a Superpower (The Soviet Union), Osama Bin Laden found a base to start terrorizing the United States and the West from there. The author points out how subsequent tragedies and wars could have been avoided if, after getting involved in the Afghan conflict and playing a crucial role in defeating the Soviet Union, the United States had not abandoned Afghanistan.

Leaving Story Avenue

Author: Paul LaRosa

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Emmy-Award winning CBS News producer Paul LaRosa's evocative memoir of his days growing up in a Bronx housing project and working as a reporter at The New York Daily News in the late 1970s.Paul was a clueless kid growing up in a Bronx housing project when he discovered there might be more to life. As the projects went from idyllic to dangerous, Paul made his way to The New York Daily News where he became a copyboy and later a reporter.The News was still the largest circulating newspaper in the country but it was in the last, outrageous and often hilarious, gasp of The Front Page era. Reporters wallowed in a swirl of alcohol, hookers and bad behavior but none of it stopped them from delivering an electric and engaging paper every day. Paul, an innocent trapped in a Tabloid World, quickly adapted.As a reporter, Paul had a front row seat to one of the most harrowing five-year periods in New York City history: the city s brush with bankruptcy, the terror reign of Son of Sam, the blackout riots, and the murder of John Lennon. Read what it was like to be in the center of it all.