Curator Reviews

Jon Robin Baitz

She was a brilliant novelist, and an even better short story writer, but nothing compares to her two volumes about life in a kitchen (this and the follow-up, More Home Cooking), about cooking for friends, about de-mystification of the sacred temple of high cuisine, and about what it is to be a woman in New York and to cook with love. She batted these out for the late lamented Gourmet Magazine, apparently on a little green typewriter. There is a perfect set piece of a little story about a dinner party that turns into a fiasco before it even begins, and a couple of recipes that I prefer to Alice Water’s versions, but more than that, is the idiosyncratic voice of a reliable narrator with a sense of humor.  

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