Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood

Kitchen Yarns

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. 

Details Kitchen Yarns

TitleKitchen Yarns
Release DateDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Writing, Essays, Food Writing

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 StarsUpdate: Ann Hood fans: This book just published Dec. 4, 2018. Great read for winter!Kitchen 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Truly, this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it took me FOREVER to get my hands on it because my library system only ordered a physical copy in Large Print (NO GO for me) and I had to wait for the digital copy to be available..And......well.....let’s just say that I really loved the individual essays. But. Well. Most of them were previously published in other publications and rather than heavily editing to eliminate redundan...
  • 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...
  • JoAnn
    Reminiscent of Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking, I enjoyed this almost as much as Hood's earlier memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up With Books.
  • Julie Durnell
    A delightful book of essays, ruminations, and recipes! She is very similar to Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking, which I enjoyed just as much.
  • Joan
    In Ann Hood, I can recognize a bit of myself as we are of an age, lived much of our single young adult lives in the somewhat seedy New York of the 80s, and of course, love to cook.I can't say we necessarily like to eat the same foods – she loves pork, and I never touch it. I love fish, and she hates it. We both have a great respect for the food of our immigrant families, hers Italian, mine Jewish, and the childhood influence of our respective f...
  • Les
    Actual rating: 4.5/5I loved everything about this highly readable collection of culinary essays by Ann Hood! I have so many Post-It flags marking recipes that I'd like to try that I've decided I need to own a copy of this book. Here's a sample of some of the recipes that have piqued my interested:Indiana Fried ChickenGlamourous Curried Chicken SaladChicken Salad VeroniqueJordan Marsh Blueberry MuffinsMy Perfect Spaghetti CarbonaraMichael's Wh A...
  • Melora
    I've never read any of Ann Hood's novels, but I very much enjoyed this memoir/recipe book. She tells her family stories well, and several of the recipes look worth trying. Actually, I've already tried one -- her "Chicken Marbella," adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook -- a few nights ago, when my dad and his fiance came for dinner, and it was a big hit. Even my sixteen year old, an unbelievably picky eater, said it was excellent, which a reall...
  • Tena Edlin
    I won this book on a Goodreads Giveaway (my first win... I was so excited!), and I loved every second of reading it. In fact, this book made me want to write, and it made me believe that if my pipe dream of writing a book is ever going to come true, it's going to be a book like this... stories about life all woven together with stories about food and the recipes to go with them. This book also made me an instant fan of Ann Hood. She writes with e...
  • Janet
    I wanted to read this book via #NetGalley but I was not approved -- nonetheless, here is my review from a purchased copy. #yourloss :-)From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.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 ...
  • Melissa
    A gem. Thoroughly enjoyed the stories and want to try each and every recipe some day.
  • 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...
  • Diane
    Part memoir, part culinary delight, author Ann Hood shares, in essay format, tidbits about her life, growing up in Rhode Island in an Italian family and the loves in her life.In adulthood, the former airline stewardess and author moved some 14 times in 15 years yet describes herself as a "nester." To her it was important to always create a sense of home wherever she lived. Through heartaches and loss: the death of her 5 year old daughter, Grace, ...
  • Ginny
    Love, love, loved this book of essays that try and sum up the life and memories that make up Ann Hoods life. Growing up in a Catholic, Italian family in the east, Hood brings you into all the things that made her the writer she is today. The good, the bad, the sad and all the happiness in between, and recipes in each chapter that make you want to cook and be a part of it all. She tells the story of her life from a young girl, a wife, a daughter, ...
  • 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.
  • Christine
    I'm always looking for another book like Ruth Reichl's Tender at the bone, so I was excited to read this book. I should not have gotten my hopes up.I'm not familiar with any other of Ann Hood's books, but I wasn't very impressed with this one. It was repetitive, kind of dull, and I didn't really believe her to be an expert in cooking. If there was any humor at all, it was lost on me.It was a fast read especially since I skipped the chapters deali...
  • Idarah
    I love this woman.
  • Martha Reynolds
    Repetitive Because I’ve read her books and essays, because I’ve listened to her speak, maybe because I live in her hometown, I know a lot about the author. So it was disappointing to hear the same stories, the same memories (the airplane passenger she swooned over, the author who folded her legs like origami) yet again.And because this is a collection of previously published essays, the reader has characters like her grandmother Mama Rose int...
  • Emily Goenner
    A good 3.5 stars for this book--I enjoyed it. I like food memoirs and this one was like sitting down with a friend, sharing stories, repeating each other, identifying with struggles and sharing recipes, all over a cup of tea. Often, food memoirs are pretentious and so "foodie" they are inaccessible to me, but this book surprised me with a great combination of homey food (pie with pudding as filling!), traditional recipes, and more elevated fare. ...
  • Shannon
    I wanted to like this book more, but it needs a good editor. It definitely reads like individual essays that have been slapped together in one volume. How many times do we need to be told that her son’s name is Sam? Or that she worked as an air hostess in First Class and wore Ralph Lauren? But, I have to admit that I saved several recipes.
  • Greer Hendricks
    This book was so precious and heartwarming to read! Each essay ends with a recipe and details a memory associated with that recipe. It has been such a healing experience to see how people can associate positive memories with food and use it as a way of cultivating culture, family, and so much more. I highly recommend this book, especially if you would like to grow a more positive relationship with food (however there are two brief mentions of die...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Lucy Burdette
    Even before I read the last pages of this foodie memoir, the book reminded me of the food writing of Laurie Colwin. Ann Hood has a great appreciation for cooking and eating and also a great appreciation for the way that food can express love and grief, and describe powerful family connections. I read this quickly but know I'll go back to try the recipes I marked and reread lovely passages.
  • Carol
    Very quick and easy read. Ann tells stories of being a child/college student/mom/author, and the foods that accompany these memories. Each short piece is followed by the recipe(s), all fairly simple and mostly what I would call comfort foods. Her style of writing is warm and makes me want to get into the kitchen. (Can't forgive her for the misquote from Charlotte's Web.)
  • Esta Doutrich
    I loved this collection of essays. Beautiful, simple language around simple food. I found the food experiences here super relatable. And the recipes are just normal dishes I could easily make today. (Not how most food memoirs are as much as I love them) Ann Hood knows about sorrow but she does not sensualize it... she writes in an understated, simple way that is both comforting and startling.