My Berlin Kitchen

My Berlin Kitchen

A Love Story, With Recipes

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
The Wednesday Chef cooks her heart out, finds her way home, and shares her recipes with us

It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right can feel deeply wrong.My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how one thoroughly confused, kitchen-mad perfectionist broke off her engagement to a handsome New Yorker, quit her dream job, and found her way to a new life, a new man, and a new home in Berlin—one recipe at a time.

Luisa Weiss grew up with a divided heart, shuttling back and forth between her father in Boston and her Italian mother in Berlin. She was always yearning for home—until she found a new home in the kitchen. Luisa started clipping recipes in college and was a cookbook editor in New York when she decided to bake, roast, and stew her way through her by then unwieldy collection over the course of one tumultuous year. The blog she wrote to document her adventures in (and out) of the kitchen,The Wednesday Chef, soon became a sensation. But she never stopped hankering for Berlin.

Luisa will seduce you with her stories of foraging for plums in abandoned orchards, battling with white asparagus at the tail end of the season, orchestrating a three-family Thanksgiving in Berlin, and mending her broken heart with batches (and batches) of impossible German Christmas cookies. Fans of her award-winning blog will know the happy ending, but anyone who enjoyedJulie and Julia will laugh and cheer and cook alongside Luisa as she takes us into her heart and tells us how she gave up everything only to find love waiting where she least expected it.

Baker & Taylor
The award-winning blogger for The Wednesday Chef discusses her ambivalence-marked youth spent shifting between her father's home in Boston and her Italian mother's home in Berlin and her decision to pursue a culinary vocation in Germany, where she fell in love and foraged for local foods.

& Taylor

The creator of "The Wednesday Chef" blog discusses her youth spent shifting between her father's home in Boston and her Italian mother's home in Berlin and her decision to pursue a culinary vocation in Germany.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670025381
Branch Call Number: 943.155 WEI
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 13, 2019

This one did not "catch" my interest with her story-telling. It was not as well written, in my opinion, that others. The recipes were very interesting and the stories accompanying them. I would buy this one just to have the recipes.....may be worth another try at a later time.

Jan 05, 2019

Just made me want to jump on a plane, or maybe just smile and eat some spaetzle. This is the perfect book to read when you want to go somewhere else, get cozy, enjoy a fulfilling rich life, yet can't get up off the couch because you're sick. Or it's raining. Or you have responsibilities.

Nevermind. This is why we read: to give our minds over to someone else doing magnificent things that may, to some people, seem not too extraordinary, but when written this beautifully about, become memories that you wish you had. And it's all a lot cheaper than a plane ride.

Get some schnitzel and a free afternoon and enjoy why food memoir is my obsession.

GSPLmandy Apr 19, 2017

I stumbled across this book quite by accident. I was searching the catalog for a specific book for a patron and this book was among the results. Having just visited Berlin and having loved it so intrinsically the title caught my eye. This book checked all the boxes for me. It was about food, travel, personal journeys and a little about love. It was like candy and I ate it up!

Sep 02, 2013

I enjoyed the author's honesty of the trouble of packing up life in one country and moving to another. It isn't always exciting, there is a lot of loneliness and sadness. But it took me forever to read, I was getting bored quickly.

Feb 19, 2013

I really enjoyed this sincere, beautifully written memoir - so heartfelt I could forgive Luisa Weiss for all the food described as 'studded' with currants, olives, etc etc (somehow there was more 'studded' food towards the end of the book & by that stage I simply wanted to cheer Luisa on with each step, so I reckon she gets away with it). Nice recipes - not too many, and they belong with the story she's telling.

ChristchurchLib Dec 12, 2012

"Born in 1977 West Berlin to an American father who made an amazing tomato sauce and an Italian mother who didn't like to cook, chef Luisa Weiss lived in the divided city during the first three years of her life. After her parents' divorce, she became a frequent traveller, spending part of the year near Boston, part in Germany, always feeling that she never fit in. Later she lived (and ate, and cooked) in Italy, Paris, and New York - but her heart always longed to return to her first home. Leaving behind a stable job and her boyfriend, she risks everything and moves back to Berlin... where she meets a man she might be happy cooking with forever. Still living in Germany, Weiss writes the award-winning blog The Wednesday Chef. If you're a fan of Julie and Julia, put this foodie memoir on your to-be-read menu!" Armchair Travel December 2012 Newsletter

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