Licking the Spoon

Licking the Spoon

A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity

Paperback - 2012
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Recipes and cookbooks, meals and mouthfuls have framed the way Candace Walsh sees the world for as long as she can remember, from her frosting-spackled childhood to her meat-eschewing college years to her post-college phase as a devoted Martha Stewart's Entertaining disciple.In Licking the Spoon, Walsh tells how, lacking role models in her early life, she turned to cookbook authors real and fictitious (Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, Mollie Katzen, Daniel Boulud, and more) to learn, unlearn, and redefine her own womanhood. Through the lens of food, Walsh recounts her life's journey-from unhappy adolescent to straight-identified wife and mother to divorcee in a same-sex relationship-and she throws in some dishy revelations, a-ha moments, take-home tidbits, and mouth-watering recipes for good measure. A surprising and rambunctiously liberating tale of cooking and eating, loving and being loved, Licking the Spoon is the story of how-accompanied by pivotal recipes, cookbooks, culinary movements, and guides-one woman learned that you can not only recover but blossom after a comically horrible childhood if you just have the right recipes, a little luck, and an appetite for life's next meal.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781580053914
Branch Call Number: 641.5092
Characteristics: xiv, 321 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 01, 2014

This was a library staff "hot picks" choice and usually I find these to be wonderful books. This one has a few spots that are interesting but mostly just for voyeuristic reasons. I kept telling myself, it is a memoir, I knew that when I first picked it up, so it's OK to be about "me, me, me." But the author's life hardly seems worth reading about -- just another person out for thrills, who wants to tell everybody about the series of beds she has been in, her broken marriage and how she discovered that she is a lesbian. What food and cooking have to do with this, is not a point well made in the book.


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