Apr 152019

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food
Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood


I grew up eating. A lot. As the great food writer M.F.K. Fisher said, “First we eat, then we do everything else.” That describes my childhood home. In my mind, my Italian grandmother, Mama Rose, was always cooking. We lived with her in the house she moved to with her parents when they came from Conca Della Compainia, a small mountanous town an hour and a world away from Naples, Italy, to West Warwick, Rhode Island. When I was young, Mama Rose and her mother, Nonna, kept an enormous garden in the backyard, and they would sit on summer afternoons and snap the end off string beans (served cold with garlic and mint), press tomatoes into sauce, pickle read and green peppers for the Christmas antipasto. We had fruit trees, Seckel pear, cherry, apple, fig and blueberry and raspberry bushes. They raised rabbits and chickens, too. More than once a beloved white bunny- Snowball, Snowflake, Snowy- disappeared from it’s cage only for us to have funny-tasting “chicken” that night at dinner.

  22 Responses to “First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood”

  1. I love Ann Hood’s books, and this one is on my list.

  2. This book sounds very good, although I don’t like the idea of the funny tasting chicken! Thank you for sharing this intro, Vicki.

  3. I love Ann Hood and thought this was very good as well; enjoy

  4. I never read Ann Hood but I do like the sound of this one.

  5. That’s a great start – I grew up eating. A lot. lol

    I’m liking the sound of this book!

  6. Some of the details may be different but this actually stirred some of my own childhood memories around food, fruit trees, shelling peas, and, (no rabbits) but unfortunately chickens…which peck by the way. That was a good taste.

  7. I saw this book before and thought it sounded interesting.

  8. My wife likes this author. I just finished reading “And every morning the way home gets longer and longer” and it was good. I saw it on here so I say thank you, Vicki

  9. I really want to read this. It sounds wonderful and it’s been far too long since I’ve read a foodie book.

  10. I am definitely going to read Kitchen Yarns. Thanks for reminding me how much I want to read it.

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