Editor and writer
Laurie Colwin died far too young in 1992, aged 48. This was the first of her food writing to be published in the USA where she is far better known. I first read it in my mid twenties when I had my own grown up kitchen and an American friend sent it to me as encouragement to cook. Suffused with love for her little daughter and a source of friendly advice with a familiar tone for the rest of us, this is, for me, the book to read when you feel in need of something other than a list of ingredients and what to do with them.
I think there should be an established clubhouse for Fans of Laurie Colwin, where nice people can drink coffee and chat about Sussex Pond Pudding, or what to cook for the fussiest eater, or just about what a goddamn genius she was and how unfair it is that she didn’t live to see food writing the way it is now.
Screenwriter, filmmaker and author
This is someone who loves home cooking, knows the place it holds in her world, and is simply a wonderful writer. Long ago, she inspired me with her cooking stories in Gourmet magazine, and I’ve been a fan of all her work – food and fiction -- ever since.
Blogger and cookbook author
A food book I read more often in bed than in the kitchen. Colwin’s prose is gorgeous; engaging and unfussy. I love her recipes, but she is also a brilliant storyteller, drawing you completely into her kitchen and her home.
My favourite type of book: a memoir with recipes. It’s beautifully evocative and a huge influence on my own work. Between her and Nora Ephron, that’s how I aspire to write.
A wonderful read, with recipes – including the best fried chicken method I've ever come across (and when you only dare indulge in fried chicken once a year, this matters).
Founder of QUIN – a small batch, handmade candy company headquartered in Portland, Oregon
Words about food and cooking have never been more beautiful - Laurie Colwin's writing is pure magic.
Author, journalist, broadcaster and television personality
Warm, engaged, witty writing not just about food, but life.
Author and Editor
Indian cook and food writer