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This is a book I have known well for many years, one of my favorites, a collection of food essays by Laurie Colwin. Therefore the quality of the narration was very important to me. This narrator really did a great job of translating Laurie Colwin's wit and elegance of language. I am so pleased that now I will be able to listen to these essays as often as I used to read them.
There is actually one Audible recording of Laurie Colwin reading a chapter from a book at Symphony Space one night with Garrison Keilor before she died, but that is the only one of which I am aware. I often write to Audible to suggest that they record some of my favorite books and I would like to think that I am in part at least responsible for having motivated Audible to produce this recording.
Better known as the author of short stories and several novels, Laurie Colwin also developed quite a following among an earlier generation of people who like to cook and like to eat - I think it was before the word 'foodie' was coined. These essays were collected in 1988 and many were already several years old at the time, so they are not up to date with food channels on TV and famous chefs. They are nostalgic and very redolent of Colwin's childhood memories many of which will are associated with reading British children's books, the most familiar nursery books of that era.
Tragically, Laurie Colwin died in 1992 at a relatively young 48. Therefore her fans have a finite body of work to read and re-read. These essays are written less about food preparation and more about the role of food in uniting and delighting people and giving comfort and love. They are so amazingly well written and thus call back to be read again and again. Which is why the appearance of this audiobook should make Laurie Colwin fans celebrate. This recording is a real gift, made better by the fact that the narration was so good. Delicious!
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I have liked Laurie Colwin since the 1980s when I first discovered her. Listening to her book " Home Cooking" was a real treat!