My Berlin Kitchen
So, lately I am finding that I love a new genre: the food memoir. This one had me wishing for the ability for half-star ratings on Goodreads, as I would rate it 4.5 out of 5. I loved this book! At it’s core, it’s a love story. One that tells not only of romantic love, but love of family, friends, cultures, and food. The narrator takes you on a journey through her past — one where she spent years living both in the States and in Berlin, visiting her mother’s homeland, Italy, frequently as well. She leads you through the smells and tastes of each place, associating them with the memories of her childhood and young adult life. Each chapter ends with a recipe, several of which I tucked away (okay, took pictures of with my iPhone) to try sometime in the future.
The book has somewhat of a feel to it as Julie and Julia, but I thought it was wrapped in a much better package (or maybe I just liked it better because all the harsh language in Julie’s book was a turn-off). It was a pleasure to read, and made me just want to curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of tea and some yummy comfort food. I found myself cheering Luisa on and rooting for her as I read through her life’s decisive moments. Read this one. If you love to travel and read about food, you should enjoy it.