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Blue Plate Special review ì 103 's Blood Bones and Butter as well as admirers of M F K Fisher and Laurie Colwin will be a large and eager 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. Blue Plate Special isn t really a food memoir Sure it s got food in it and even 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 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 as easily 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

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Blue Plate Special review ì 103 That the greatly admired novelist Kate Christensen has turned to the memoir form after six novels makes this book an event Readers of memoirs of high literary uality particularly those with food themes most conspicuously Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me with Apples and Gabrielle Hamilton. 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 over edit and deplete her own style Even though she covers a lot of material the writing is formulaic like litanies of what happened 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 is experimental in style and absolutely fearless in depicting her problems and faults 3 It wasn t about food or appetites not 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 the extreme gluten intolerance except when visiting Italy I don t think you can just make an temporary exception to eat pasta and bread for duration of your vacation False false

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Blue Plate Special review ì 103 Dience for this book that is already primed That it is written by Kate Christensen means it will be a delicious reading experience in every sense a compulsively readable account of a knockabout life full of sorrows and pleasures many of the latter of the sensual appetitive variet. This memoir about author Kate Christensen s life is a compulsively readable account of a truly odd upbringing and an itinerant and extended young adulthood The author frames the circumstances of her life around three dominant themes food and sex and to a lesser extent writing Her ravenous hunger for each makes the subtitle of this book An Autobiography of My Appetites than aptThe first part of the book dealing with her 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 the entire 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 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 of estrangement to the point that they pass each other on the street without acknowledging each 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 excessively out of my chronic and ongoing sense of self loathing to escape myself to flee the annoying chirpiness of my too clear too verbal brain so recently 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 all even my own fate Not true She could have had control she gave it up in her uest to appease her appetitesIn the 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


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