I was recently given this wonderful and uplifting American cookery book by my friend Kay Gardiner, one half of the magnificent Mason Dixon Knitting. More cooking memoir than recipe book, it is a gentle, funny, charming and highly readable book about life and how food fits into it. If Laurie was still alive (she sadly died far too early in her mid forties, from a heart attack) I’d be hunting her out to be my new best friend. Her writing makes her sound like the type of person you’d want to have around, helping you out in a food crisis.
If you have exhausted the need for any more cookery books of the hardback variety, or have foodie friends that can’t take another recipe-only book, then this delightful little paperback might be the perfect present. I loved it so much I’m buying its sequel More Home Cooking too.