I have thoroughly enjoyed Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. Each chapter is a short essay about Molly's life, a memory centered around a particular food,and is followed by a detailed recipe. When I first received the book from Sian as part of her Pass the Book, I was sure it would be the recipes that I enjoyed the most since I really like to cook.
However, it was the stories that drew me in and inspired me in a different way. I began to think about the foods in my life and how certain memories were linked with a particular food. These are the types of memories I want to preserve in my scrapbooks, and I immediately began a list of ideas for layouts. (I actually created a layout about my Grandma and pecan pie several months ago - you can see it here.) For now, I have the list in my idea notebook and plan to take time to journal the stories and memories before deciding on a layout design. These layouts will probably be incorporated into my LOM category albums or they just might possibly merit a book of their own.
Here's a sneak peek at my list of memories/stories:
1. Mama's Biscuits - my comfort food
2. Fried Fish - I catch, I clean, I cook
3. Daddy's Telephone Van Cake
4. Our Cooking Disasters (2001-2011)
5. The Necessity of a Clip-On Timer
Now it's time to pass the book. You can read all about Pass the Book here and Sian's thoughts on this book here. If you'd like a chance to be the next recipient of A Homemade Life, please leave a comment below. I'll pick a name on Monday, April 18, so be sure to check back to see if you have been chosen to receive this wonderful book.