It’s hard to express how much I love Molly Wizenberg’s writing. There is an ease and simplicity to her style that is so very appealing, but this Seattle-based blogger (Orangette) also has the ability to surprise readers. For Wizenberg, food, friends, and family are completely intertwined, which is clearly evident in the often humorous, frequently touching, and always charming stories in A Homemade Life. Memories of her father, for example, begin with his cherished formula for potato salad and an attempt to recreate his French toast, but also include a variation on scrambled eggs that spurred a comforting moment as he was dying of cancer. Just as great as Wizenberg’s writing, however, are her recipes. In a word: fantastic! Fans of Ruth Reichl (Tender at the Bone) will love this book. —S.B.