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Blue Plate SpecialI 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 Nell (Governesses Trilogy, level uninteresting too As if writing about herselfed her to over edit and deplete her own style Even though she covers a Silent Hunter lot of material the writing is formulaicike Smoky Mountain Sweethearts (Otter Lake Ranger Station 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 absorptio Blue Plate Special isn t really a food memoir Sure it s got food in it and even some recipes Butooking 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 Her Perfect Man lived Blue Plate Special could have been a travel memoir just as easily as a food memoir Either way it was immensely satisfying for theikes of me I m ooking forward to her follow up memoir How to Cook a Moose although it seems ike that one really is about food I was having a hard time settling for anything I picked up until this book My advice Get it as soon as possible I m not braggin People but my copy is an ARC Okay I AM bragging I LOVED it I made a Once Upon a Christmas list of her already published books that I must have Blue Plate Special is Christensen s memoir encompassing her earlyife on to her college and adult The Daddy Secret life with all her uirky family and her uirkier decisions Not average in any way Theiet motif throughout is her enjoyment her adoration of food and the part it has played in sustaining her Christensen has been extremely courageous throughout and very forthcoming in her most intimate story Growing up out west coming east to school working as an au pair in Europe then traveling there with her friends and Drop Dead Gorgeous (Harlequin Blaze, lovers and moving to New York for work and marriage Her determination in any endeavor is stunning simply unwilling to be defeated Always with the backdrop of food and family I became so immersed that it was hard to step out of herife when I turned the Claiming the Cowboys Heart (Cowboys of Eden Valley, last page Library Overdrive Audiobooknarrated by Tavia Gilbertmy first book by the author Kate Christensen This book was a great discovery Iiterally found it by accident I started A Mothers Wish (Wed In The West, listening with zero expectations Kate s passions are eating cooking readingand writing These passions are interwoven into the bigger story that Kate shares about her LIFE I enjoyed her stories happy sad about her familyife happy SadThe different places she ived happy Sad steps she took towards becoming a writer happy There are yummy food descriptions and recipes WHAT I LOVED BEST WASKate s honest vulnerability about herself and the relationships that had a profound Impact On Her Positively And on her positively and Happy and you guessed it sad I ook forward to reading books by a Kate Christensen I Miranda like her writing it s intimate Writing uality 5 stars That s the easy partThe hard part is basically thus You can t really review this sort of navel gazing memoire without basically rating someone sife and that s just plain uncomfortable at Marry Me, Baby least to me I can now definitely assert that I much enjoy memoires when they involve an historically significant event or period or are put in aarger context of some greater social or historical upheaval See for example Madeline Albright s memoires This memoire of the navel gazing variety is interesting enough and there are some historical social aspects that give it a Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child (Regally Wed, larger context eg Berkeley circa 1970 but often the interesting bits are interesting in the way that rubber necking a bad car accident is interesting In essence the author pulled out what must have been her 100 s of journals going back to when she could first write and then wrote a memoire based on the journals As such we reel from one I did this shitty thing to I did this other shitty thing and from this shitty thing was inflicted upon me to that shitty thing also happened to me Enough 1 star for this partAnd so I averaged 3 stars This memoir about author Kate Christensen sife is a compulsively readable account of a truly odd upbringing and an itinerant and extended young adulthood The author frames the circumstances of her Willingly Bedded, Forcibly Wedded life around three dominant themes food and sex and to aesser 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 The Trust Imperative life as the child of hippie parents was fascinating though at the same time disturbing I had aot of sympathy for the young Kate Christensen I wish parents would real The main problem with this book I don t understand its purpose Why does a 40 somthing author of average note need to write an autobiography To be fair I have not read any of Christensen s novels so maybe her fans were clamoring to know about her as a person This book was suggested to me probably because of the subtitle An Autobiography of My Appetites and I generally ike reading foodie books However I think to call this a foodie memoir is a stretch She does talk about food some but mostly the book is about her bizarre upbringing and what seems to me as some but mostly the book is about her bizarre upbringing and what seems to me as of maturity well into her 30s If it weren t true I almost wouldn t believe it It s all here abusive spouses poverty religious cults child molestation anorexia bing eating sex addition undocumented work status mental breakdowns etc I only finished it because I was curious about what crisis would come next The ast. 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 iterary uality particularly those with food themes most conspicuously Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me with Apples and Gabrielle Hamilton. Chapter deals with her new Dark Desires love and she waxes poetic about how he is her soul mate she finally found her happiness etc Good for her except she thought that ateast twice before My first run in with Kate s work was back in 2008 when my innocent twenty seven year old self finally got to The Corporate Raiders Revenge (Suite Secrets, learn a thing or two about wine from reading The Great Man I passed the simple yet creative cover at a bookstore and then traced back took a peak and decided to read it I was mesmerized by theanguage the wording and the complex imagination and the cover that stopped me was of a simple paint brush I do art and design for a Course of Action living so it called me with its elegant simplicity Perhaps the most important of all I walked away with a curiosity of what a Sancerre which was drank in the book under grape wines on a hot day in the garden during a very special scene I wondered how it really tasted in comparison to a fruity dry Pinot Grigio which I would normally think as sophisticated I have alwaysoved food and I have always Christmas Masquerades loved books but this was the first time I have witnessed characters in a book eat and drink and I really do mean eat They sank their teeth into mouthwatering meals of chicken and saladuscious eggy pasta fennel wine canap s with oozing cheese olives golden spicy oil dripping off charred sourdough slices while two people debated their future together fought cried or grieved As years passed and I read of her work I noticed that in all her novels the characters and plots intertwined with brilliant Skylars Outlaw literary intensity but food always made its way around and it sparked a hunger in me that no other writing has ever done I was not aware of MF K Fisher and others until I started reading Kate s work I have read almost all of her novels and this memoir while being non fiction has an echo of the creator the great engineer of those novels Suddenly I could see reflections of her struggles her ownife and ideas in the books With Blue Plate Special finally after all this time I had an extra sense of appreciation of what went into making them and I got a glimpse of the engineer herself I find it ironic that so many people out there are outraged at this book perhaps they were expecting a cookbook and not a memoir from someone who can handle fiction so well I was stunned to read about what the author was going through while writing my favorite book which is The Epicure s Lament I had no idea that half way through creating it her world collapsed and she was unable to write that cutoff was never evident in a story that I still Blades Lady love all these yearsater a story that ties food and Learning Yii Testing loveife passion the daily struggle and philosophy peppered with wit and pleasures which should never be guilty In The Blue Plate Special the author holds back very ittle as she narrates her incredible childhood and uite an adventurous ife that took her to other continents and finally her place in the world today She writes freely and openly only Christensen would mention that champagne tastes ike an apple cut with a steel knife and how she had to eat what the character was eating as she read from an early age she knows eat what the character was eating as she read from an early age she knows makes for great reading and this is no exception Her ife on a plate comforts and the cleanups the whole meal is here and I feel humbled and appreciative that I got to get a glimpse into the private world of a great mind The behind the scenes on her Communicating Effectively life and what was going on as she was working on novels that are now some of my favorite reads is priceless And the non recipe recipe for cheese and bean burritos on page 227 isn t too bad either I could get addicted to it PThey say that the best food is honest cooking well this personal non fictional memoir is as honest as it gets so bon app tit Kasia S Iove memoirs and I especially The Philosophical Journey love memoirs which are in some way centered around food I enjoy memoirs so much I suppose because they allow me to slip inside another person sife for just a Asset Protection little while and every now and then I am able to find some commonality between the person tife and my own I have been especially drawn to memoirs which involve food because food preparing and presenting food is the best way I know to demonstrate my Enzymes Enzyme Therapy love for the people in myife Preparing a wholesome delicious meal is nurturing and in my heart I m a nurturer I was drawn to Blue Plate Special An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen because it promised to be a ife story I by Kate Christensen because it promised to be a ife story I relate to Kate Christensen is an author of mainly fictional books and I have read only one of those novels Trouble and although I found her to be a good writer I couldn t really connect with the story And unfortunately despite the promise made inside the jacket of this book I found I couldn t really connect with her on a personal At Land level either It s difficult for me to rate the memoirs I read How can I possibly assign a particular number of stars to someone s telling of theirife story judging it as I m rating a restaurant or hotel I can only present the impressions I was On the Run left with when reading about Kate Christensen sifeThis book began with a startling scene Kate recalls a memory of her early childhood She was The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, living with her mother father and younger sister in Berkeley California She remembered a breakfast scene from her family s kitchen The memory started out uite beautifully Kate described the soft boiled eggs and the perfect triangles of toast which her mother enjoyed preparing for her family s breakfast I could picture the sunny early morning kitchen parents and two young daughters seated around the table Her father whom we come toearn can be charming but can uickly become unpredictable and volatile was pr. 's Blood Bones and Butter as well as admirers of M F K Fisher and Laurie Colwin will be a Russian Winter 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 dayife providing an au.

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Eparing to eave for work Her mother who was exhausted and overwhelmed from caring for two young children begged him to stay and help her for a Pregnant Man little while Shockingly and beginning a pattern which would repeat over and over in the ensuing years her father turned toward her mother and began assaulting her punching her over and over in her abdomen and breasts This violent outburst ended as uickly as it began and heeft the family home that morning with three stunned white faced people in his wake In thinking about that horrible scene I believe this event would set up a pattern for his oldest daughter Kate which she would struggle with for much of her ife Eventually after giving birth to a third daughter and experiencing additional beatings Kate s mother divorced her father and she took her daughters to ive in Tempe Arizona where she enrolled in school for a post doc in psychology I couldn t help but wonder at this point how many people study psychology simply to attempt to make sense of their own ruined Kawaii Manga lives or the dysfunctionalives of their families Regardless Kate her mother and her sisters attempted to settle in Arizona but not only did they experience a kind of culture shock as Arizona was uite different from Berkeley but their The House Girl lifestyles were also changed her father sent minimal child support for a time but they sometimes struggled with having enough to eat It seemed to me that Kate s mother was providing for her daughters as best she could preparing meals she called old fashioned homemade and cheap what she referred to throughout her daughters growing up years as her blue plate specials It seems that the early years of instability and chaos set up a pattern in Kate sife one that she didn t begin to even recognize until she was much older Kate wrote about her years as a young adult her college years and her desire to write novels at which she began to enjoy a The Accursed level of success an invitation to attend the Iowa Writer s Workshop a string of uninspired relationships with men promiscuous behavior and than a flirtation with excessive binge drinking She described in these pages aife which ike her childhood home was full of chaos and self created drama And through all of her experiences she wrote about food and hunger and what she considered to be her voracious appetite and that may be the truth as she saw it but all I could think of was that she seemed to be describing a battle with a serious eating disorder periods of gorging on food comforting herself with each morsel she placed in her mouth followed by periods of starving herself and self denial of that comfort she craved Kate ended up marrying a man who had a successful career and seemed determined to make her happy But it came as no real surprise to me when she described how it all fell apart one day I honestly can t figure out just WHY the marriage failed it just felt inevitable Sure she wrote about her frantically ticking biological clock and then discovering that her husband didn t ever want children I was baffled by that admission as it seems a topic that a couple would definitely discuss BEFORE the marriage takes place But at that time she decided that although she was heartbroken that she would never have a child she wanted to stay in the marriage until one day she didn t Kate Christensen finished her memoir on what I assume she meant to be a positive note admitting that mistakes were made but essons were earned We eave her at the dawn of a new relationship in her ife She met a much younger man whom she thinks of as her soul mate whatever that younger man whom she thinks of as her soul mate whatever that and they are sharing an old farm house in rural Maine She assures us that she finally has her ife where she wants it to be with a man she is comfortable with and The Secret of the Great Pyramid living the uiteife she has always Dancing with Mr. Darcy longed for I wish I could say that upon closing this book I had the positive feelings she had Clearly it is HERife and not my concern or my business however she DID write the book for the world to read right I could never shake the feeling that perhaps Kate was simply SAYING all the right things the things she knew would be expected of someone who had Lesca learned from her mistakes and was on course to turn herife in a different direction I had the feeling that she had either undergone many hours of psychotherapy or had read stacks of self help books She definitely seemed acuainted with the pop psychology jargon But I still have a niggling doubt in my mind She HAD absolutely identified her self destructive Sharpes Trafalgar life choices and patterns I just wasn t convinced that anything in herife had truly changed Hopefully I m wrong Sometimes a book arrives in your hands Punished like a cosmic gift Blue Plate Special was that gift for meI ve been a fan of Kate Christensen s writing for years Epicure s Lament is my favorite which I m now eager to go back and re read and this memoir draws back the curtain on the author s ownife and the real inspiration for some of the stories and characters that populate her novelsBut than that I oved this book because I feel a great kinship to Kate Christensen This is a woman who has uprooted herself umpteen times who considered herself a ate has uprooted herself umpteen times who considered herself a ate who has felt full on the pangs of oneliness alongside the exuisite pleasure of solitude who has found joys and solace in food in place in observation and in self reflection In so many ways I feel that I am putting my feet right into the steps of this woman who has gone before me and somehow reading this book made my uncertain zigzaggy path seem a bit saferA book that blends the raw emotional honesty of something Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) like The Glass Castle with the food centric storytelling of Blood Bones Butter. 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 knockaboutife full of sorrows and pleasures many of the atter of the sensual appetitive variet. .


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