Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood

Kitchen Yarns

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 apartmen...

Details Kitchen Yarns

TitleKitchen Yarns
Release DateDec 4th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Food and Drink, Food, Nonfiction, Writing, Essays, Cookbooks

Reviews Kitchen Yarns

  • Larry H
    "First we eat, then we do everything else."—M.F.K. FisherLike music, food often has such an indelible role in our memories. Many of us can remember where and when (and in some cases, with whom) we first tried certain foods, and some of us can even remember the meals or dishes we'd consider best-ever (or even worst-ever). Some turn to food for comfort, for celebration, for companionship, while some even have a complicated relationship with food....
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 As with music, I'm sure many of can remember when a particular song was played, food and meals can bring about the same type of memories. Favorite foods from our childhood, comfort food we still crave to this day, maybe even struggling to learn how to cook. Ann takes us through her life, associating food with her different memories. What a fantastic way to get to know a person, an author, up close and personal.She takes us through her young y...
  • Toni
    Yummy Cozy 4.5 rounded up to 5 StarsKitchen Yarns is a casual memoir with food. Ann Hood recounts her life through its phases of learning to cook and relationships connected to those times. It’s chatty and fun, as if you and she were sitting in her family room in two big cozy chairs, each with a glass of wine, something delicious to munch on and sharing stories of your lives. She starts out describing her Italian Grandma Rose, constantly cookin...
  • Diane Barnes
    Perfect light reading for a busy time. Essays on the importance of food, family and friends. With recipes, none of which are fancy or complicated. I intend to try the tomato pie very soon.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    In the postpartum haze after my daughter was born when I began to pick up books again between diaper changes and during nursing sessions, I found a book called The Obituary Writer.  Though all I wanted to do was sleep and eat uninterrupted, I couldn't put the book down and chose to read in those few minutes I had to myself.  I made a mental note of the author so I could look for more of her books.When Ann Hood's food memoir Kitchen Yarns recen...
  • Ren
    This book has been bringing equal parts joy and tears to my eyes and I’m sad I finished it (although I already made her/Laurie Colwin’s tomato pie, which closes the book in the most lovely, poignant story and also helps to heal what ails you). I never would have appreciated her writing and her simply but wonderfully, beautifully told little life lessons when I was younger so I’m very grateful to have discovered Ann Hood’s writing when I d...
  • Lesa
    Ah, Ann Hood. I know she's written other books, and I've read other ones, but I identified with her memoir/essay collection Morningstar: Growing Up with Books. Now, she has given us a memoir about another essential part of her life. Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food includes recipes, but it's a book about those moments in her life when those recipes were essential. Hood turns to food for comfort, in grief, in loss of a marriage, in joy...
  • Robin
    I was fortunate to read a very early copy of this and absolutely loved it. It's a fabulous companion to her previous book, MORNINGSTAR: Growing Up With Books. More review to come.Publishing date: December 2018Thanks to WW Norton for the advanced reading copy.
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.Anyone who gets nostalgia for a favorite childhood meal, or who remembers events largely by what they ate, will find good company in Ann Hood's memoir. Chapters are set to memories of the meals most important to her, and she has a way with the words that describe these meals, the company she ate them with, the place they had in her life. The stories a...
  • Sherrie Howey
    The book comprises a series of essays about the author's life and the foods associated with that time period in her life. She taught herself to cook but grew up close to an Italian grandmother whose specialty was gravy (otherwise known as sauce) and gravy was a staple of most of her meals.Readers of a certain age will readily identify with some of the recipes in this book (think chicken Marbella) and their own memories from those times. The autho...
  • Kate TerHaar
    What powerful memories food evokes. I loved reading Ann's stories about some of the food and recipes that meant so much to her. Each chapter ends with the recipe that the story refers to. Some of these recipes stirred up my own memories of growing up and made me smile and realize the link between food and family.
  • Crystal King
    I'm a sucker for any book about food and this one was no exception. Hood's latest is a dip into her life and her loves and this collection of essays and recipes will be sure to warm your soul. Make sure you don't read on an empty stomach or you'll come away from the page with a deep abiding hunger and a need to run to the kitchen and whip up a bunch of meatballs. Delizioso!
  • Kerry Ubbing
    A warm hearted book - and quick read. Finished it in one day in front of the fire!
  • Literary Soirée
    I was thrilled to receive a NetGalley ARC for Ann Hood’s Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. I adore her writing, warmth and big-heartedness, and have followed her story since the tragic death of her daughter Grace at age five from a virulent form of strep. The Publisher’s Note is perfect, so I’ll let it spin the rest of KITCHEN YARNS’ yarn, except to say I’m raising a glass of chianti as I sup on Ann’s perfect recipe for Ch...
  • RMazin
    Kitchen Yarns is one of the best-titled books I have read. The title is reflective of the author’s memories and interactions with friends, family and food as she experienced bonds shared, strengthened, broken or lost. Each yarn/ or essay is a brief story that explores the meaning of her relationships and how they shaped who she became as a writer, mother, daughter, friend and partner. Personal anecdotes and the included recipes, propel the read...
  • Holly R W
    In "Kitchen Yarns," the author shares her favorite recipes and tips for cooking and combines them with personal memories relating to the food. I was very interested in the recipes and will try a few of them, beginning with Silver Palate Chicken Marbella. Ms. Hood shares her early attempts and kitchen disasters. She talks of the cooks who shaped her - Her dad, who was an enthusiastic, but not so good cook and her grandmother who cooked delicious ...
  • Tibbi
    Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food is Ann Hood's reflections on her life organized around essays featuring recipes that are significant in her life. While Hood might reminisce about Chicken Marbella and blueberry muffins and I might salivate over the memory of cinnamon rolls and fried perch--the feelings are universal. Food is love. This is a book that is heart-warming, comfort food for the soul. Hand this book to any reader who is feel...
  • Cat
    Funny how food captures so many of our life moments. Some of our recipes become cherished as heirlooms to be passed on, others are our goto comfort foods. I loved this book. Ann Hood's recipes color her life , as mine do mine. Kindred spirit! Food figures at every opening , and closing chapter of my life and I enjoyed reading about her life. Pour a nice glass of wine and grab some hearty Italian food, settle down with this book and enjoy. Great b...
  • Patti
    Ann Hood write a wonderful memoir that evokes her relationship with food and life. Each chapter is an essay in itself that introduces you to a. food type that fits prominently in her life. A recipe then follows. The stories stirred my own memories and the recipes are an added bonus...such wonderful recipes throughout! A great read!
  • Danielle
    Kitchen Yarns is a memoir about Ann Hood's life centered around food. She talks about how food has been important through all the points of her life and has influenced who she is. Each chapters ends with at least one recipe. If you like food memoirs this is a good one to read at least. I didn't try to make any of the recipes.
  • Chris Culp
    In Kitchen Yarns, Ann Hood does for food what her book Morningstar did for books. Every page brought back memories of foods I grew up with--even though I'm not Italian and grew up in California. Ann's writes with her heart and I admire her honesty in writing about her life. And the best part is to read that she has found happiness and contentment in her recent marriage.
  • Allison
    I LOVED this book! Each chapter is it's own story that can be nibbled upon like little hors d'oeuvres or devoured at once like a big buffet. I will warn you that no matter how you read it you will be itching to get cooking or to get some Italian food!
  • Leanne
    Simply wonderful.
  • Laura
    It could be repetitive but I enjoyed her stories of heartache and strength. And I really want to try some of her recipes too.
  • Melissa
    As far as food memoirs go, this was ok. It held my interest but it didn't blow me away. I did find a bunch of recipes I want to try, which is surprising since she seems to favor mostly meat dishes.
  • Karen Hayes
    Touching and deft, full of love and family and just like sitting down to chat with an old friend with a bottle of wine.
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from NetgalleyI loved this author's She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah so much that I had to read her food memoir!
  • Yvonne
    Enjoyed this light read that spoke of the joys of cooking. So many of her experiences learning to cook reminded me of how I learned to cook and the way we entertained.