Monstrate my love for the people in my life Preparing a meal is nurturing and in my heart I m a nurturer I was drawn to a wholesome delicious meal nurturing in my heart I m a nurturer I was drawn to Plate Special An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen because it promised to be a life story I could relate to Kate Christensen is an author of mainly fictional books and I have read only one of those novels Trouble and although I found her to be a good writer I couldn t really con Blue Plate Special isn t really a food memoir Sure it s got food in it and ven some recipes But looking back at it two months after finishing what I really remember is Kate Christensen s courageous portrayal of her struggles to become a writer and a fully functioning adult She s The Real Witches Kitchen elouent and honest and the book is as good at places as it is at food With its vivid descriptions of the various towns and cities where she s lived Blue Plate Special could have been a travel memoir just asasily as a food memoir Either way it was immensely satisfying for the likes of me I m looking forward to her follow up memoir How to Cook a Moose although it seems like that one really is about food Writing uality 5 stars That s the The Preachers Kid easy partThe hard part is basically thus You can t really review this sort of navel gazing memoire without basically rating someone s life and that s just plain uncomfortable at least to me I can now definitely assert that I muchnjoy memoires when they involve an historically significant O Testamento event or period or are put in a larger context of some greater social or historical upheaval See forxample Madeline Albright s memoires This memoire of the navel gazing variety is interesting Gangbang Slut enough and there are some historical social aspects that give it a larger contextg Berkeley circa 1970 but often the interesting bits are interesting in the way that rubber necking a bad car accident is interesting In One Con Glory essence the author pulled out what must have been her 100 s of journals going back to when she could first write and then wrote a memoire based on the journals As such we reel from one I did this shitty thing to I did this other shitty thing and from this shitty thing was inflicted upon me to that shitty thing also happened to me Enough 1 star for this partAnd so I averaged 3 stars My first run in with Kate s work was back in 2008 when my innocent twenty seven year old self finally got to learn a thing or two about wine from reading The Great Man I passed the simple yet creative cover at a bookstore and then traced back took a peak and decided to read it I was mesmerized by the language the wording and the complex imagination and the cover that stopped me was of a simple paint brush I do art and design for a living so it called me with itslegant simplicity Perhaps the most important of all I walked away with a curiosity of what a Sancerre which was drank in the book under grape wines on a hot day in the garden during a very special scene I wondered how it really tasted in comparison to a fruity dry Pinot Grigio which I would normally think as sophisticated I have always loved food and I have always loved books but this was the first time I have witnessed characters in a book Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows eat and drink and I really do meanat They sank their teeth into mouthwatering meals of chicken and salad luscious The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) eggy pasta fennel wine canap s with oozing cheese olives golden spicy oil dripping off charred sourdough slices while two people debated their future together fought cried or grieved As years passed and I read of her work I noticed that in all her novels the characters and plots intertwined with brilliant literary intensity but food always made its way around and it sparked a hunger in me that no other writing hasver done I was not aware of MF K Fisher and others until I started reading Kate s work I have read almost all of her novels and this memoir while being non fiction has an Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, echo of the creator the greatngineer of those novels Suddenly I could see reflections of her struggles her own life and ideas in the books With Blue Plate Special finally after all this time I had an A Fairly Honourable Defeat extra sense of appreciation of what went into making them and I got a glimpse of thengineer herself I find it ironic that so many people out there are outraged at this book perhaps they were xpecting a cookbook and not a memoir from someone who can handle fiction so well I was stunned to read about what the author was going through while writing my favorite book which is The Epicure s Lament I had no idea that half way through creating it her world collapsed and she was unable to write that cutoff was never vident 's Blood Bones and Butter as well as admirers of M F K Fisher and Laurie Colwin will be a large and ager audienceThis memoir derives from Kate's popular foodcentric blog in which she shares scenes from an unusual upbringing and an unusually happy present day life providing an au. .
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your hands like a cosmic gift Blue Plate Special was that gift for meI ve hands like a cosmic gift Blue Plate Special was that gift for meI ve a fan of Kate Christensen s writing for years Epicure s Plate Special was that gift for meI ve been a fan of Kate Christensen s writing for years Epicure s is my favorite which I m now ager to go back and re read and this memoir draws back the curtain on the author s own life and the real inspiration for some of the stories and characters that populate her novelsBut than that I loved this book because I feel a
Great Kinship To Kate Christensen kinship to Kate Christensen is a woman who has uprooted herself umpteen times who considered herself a late bloomer who has felt full on the pangs of loneliness alongside the The Man Without a Face exuisite pleasure of solitude who has found joys and solace in food in place in observation and in self reflection In so many ways I feel that I am putting my feet right into the steps of this woman who has gone before me and somehow reading this book made my uncertain zigzaggy path seem a bit saferA book that blends the rawmotional honesty of something like The Glass Castle with the food centric storytelling of Blood Bones Butter I was having a hard time settling for anything I picked up until this book My advice Get it as soon as possible I m not braggin People but my copy is an ARC Okay I AM bragging I LOVED it I made a list of her already published books that I must have Blue Plate Special is Christensen s memoir Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) encompassing herarly life on to her college and adult life with all her uirky family and her uirkier decisions Not average in any way The liet motif throughout is her Gone (Gone, enjoyment her adoration of food and the part it has played in sustaining her Christensen has beenxtremely courageous throughout and very forthcoming in her most intimate story Growing up out west coming Threads Of The Shroud east to school working as an au pair in Europe then traveling there with her friends a This memoir about author Kate Christensen s life is a compulsively readable account of a truly odd upbringing and an itinerant andxtended young adulthood The author frames the circumstances of her life around three dominant themes food and sex and to a lesser All Seated on the Ground extent writing Her ravenous hunger forach makes the subtitle of this book An Autobiography of My Appetites than aptThe first part of the book dealing with her Untitled. early life as the child of hippie parents was fascinating though at the same time disturbing I had a lot of sympathy for the young Kate Christensen I wish parents would realize how profoundly their self centeredness affects their children for lifeMy interest in the author s descriptions of food lasted for thentire book but I must say I uickly lost interest in her adult life soaked as it is in alcohol and lust As the book progresses the author morphs into a person I didn t particularly like She Wiring estranges herself from her mother and her sister and writes prettily about it Susan and I had some minor sisterly spat one day over a lunch of pierogis and borscht at a Polish place on Second Avenue The spat turns into years ofstrangement to the point that they pass Against All Odds each other on the street without acknowledgingach other It isn t until her mother becomes gravely ill that they all patch things upI suspect alcohol had a lot to do with her difficult life and fractious relationships as it does for so many writers I drank Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage excessively out of my chronic and ongoing sense of self loathing toscape myself to flee the annoying chirpiness of my too clear too verbal brain so recently The DOS educated so freshly imbued with the powers of literary analysis and writerly dogma she writes Yet her rationalizing fell flat for me She follows that statement with this one I realized I had no control over anything at allven my own fate Not true She could have had control she gave it up in her uest to appease her appetitesIn the Against All Odds end I lost patience with the author whose contradictions bothered me I have always felt loneliest in the presence of other people she writes For me loneliness comes from a sense of missing something I never miss anything when I m alone That s a lovely sentiment but the author just doesn t live it She seems incapable of being alone or remaining happy For her contentment never seems to last It s those appetites again I love memoirs and Ispecially love memoirs which are in some way centered around food I Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism enjoy memoirs so much I suppose because they allow me to slip inside another person s life for just a little while andvery now and then I am able to find some commonality between the person t life and my own I have been Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils especially drawn to memoirs which involve food because food preparing and presenting food is the best way I know to de. That the greatly admired novelist Kate Christensen has turned to the memoir form after six novels makes this book anvent Readers of memoirs of high literary uality particularly those with food themes most conspicuously Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me with Apples and Gabrielle Hamilton.
review Blue Plate SpecialN a story that I still love all these years later a story that ties food and love life passion the daily struggle and philosophy peppered with wit and pleasures which should never be guilty In The Blue Plate Special the author holds back very little as she narrates her incredible childhood and uite an adventurous life that took her to other continents and finally her place in the world today She writes freely and openly only Christensen would mention that champagne tastes like an apple cut with a steel knife and how she had to Payment Due eat what the character wasating as she read from an Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, early age she knows what makes for great reading and this is noxception Her life on a plate comforts and the cleanups the whole meal is here and I feel humbled and appreciative that I got to get a glimpse into the private world of a glimpse into the private world of a mind The behind the scenes on her life and what was going on as she was working on novels that are now some of my favorite reads is priceless And the non recipe recipe for cheese and bean burritos on page 227 isn t too bad Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, either I could get addicted to it PThey say that the best food is honest cooking well this personal non fictional memoir is as honest as it gets so bon app tit Kasia S I didn t completely hate this but there were three problems for me In no particular order 1 Though Christensen s novels are creative and witty and have a distinctive voice the writing in this book was only functional Sentence level uninteresting too As if writing about herself led her to overdit and deplete her own style Even though she covers a lot of material the writing is formulaic like litanies of what happened The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, each year But that s too many incidents crammed in as if she s trying to write an autobiography not a memoir 2 The self absorption without looking out into the wider world For what it s worth if one wants to compare it to other recent popular memoirs by female authors who also write fiction Cheryl Strayed is a compassionate voice and a self deprecating memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert is honest funnier and insightful and Lidia Yuknavitch isxperimental in style and absolutely fearless in depicting her problems and faults 3 It wasn t about food or appetites not Turbulence even thematically unless telling us she is gluttonous about 100x is the reuirement I wasn t necessarily looking for a foodie memoir but it s kind of false advertising The recipes thrown in after random chapters added nada and sometimes seemed absurd Bean burritos open a can of refried beans and spread 13 of the can on an open tortilla really And what s with thextreme gluten intolerance Tropical Bioproductivity except when visiting Italy I don t think you can just make an temporaryxception to at pasta and bread for duration of your vacation False false Library Overdrive Audiobooknarrated by Tavia Gilbertmy first book by the author Kate Christensen This book was a great discovery I literally
found it by accident I started listening with zero xpectations Kate s passions are ating cookingit by accident I started listening with zero xpectations Kate s passions are Folk Tales From the Soviet Union eating cooking writing These passions are interwoven into the bigger story that Kate shares about her LIFE Injoyed her stories happy sad about her family life happy SadThe different places she lived happy Sad steps she took towards becoming a writer happy There are yummy food descriptions and recipes WHAT I LOVED BEST WASKate s honest vulnerability about herself and the relationships that had a profound impact on her positively and negatively Happy and you guessed it sad I look forward to reading books by a Kate Christensen I like her writing it s intimate The main problem with this book I don t understand its purpose Why does a 40 somthing author of average note need to write an autobiography To be fair I have not read any of Christensen s novels so maybe her fans were clamoring to know about her as a person This book was suggested to me probably because of the subtitle An Autobiography of My Appetites and I generally like reading foodie books However I think to Call This A Foodie Memoir this a foodie memoir a stretch She does talk about food some but mostly the book is about her bizarre upbringing and what seems to me as lack of maturity well into her 30s If it weren t true I almost wouldn t believe it It s all here abusive spouses poverty religious cults child molestation anorexia bing Ulysses and the Trojan War eating sex addition undocumented work status mental breakdownstc I only finished it because I was curious about what crisis would come next The last chapter deals with her new love and she waxes poetic about how he is her soul mate she finally found her happiness Tall, Dark Rich etc Good for herxcept she thought that at least twice befor. Dience for this book that is already primed That it is written by Kate Christensen means it will be a delicious reading The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles experience invery sense a compulsively readable account of a knockabout life full of sorrows and pleasures many of the latter of the sensual appetitive variet. .