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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • Blue Plate Special
  • Kate Christensen
  • English
  • 19 October 2020
  • 9780385536264

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Free download Blue Plate Special Free read Blue Plate Special ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 's Blood Bones and Butter as well as admirers of M F K Fisher and Laurie Colwin will be a 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 day life providing an au. Blue Plate Special isn t really a food memoir Sure it s got food in it and even some recipes But looking 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 lived Blue Plate Special could have been a travel memoir just as easily as a food memoir Either way it was immensely satisfying for the likes of me I m looking forward to her follow up memoir How to Cook a Moose although it seems like that one really is about food

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Free download Blue Plate Special Free read Blue Plate Special ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 literary uality particularly those with food themes most conspicuously Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me with Apples and Gabrielle Hamilton. 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 like 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 lack 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 last chapter deals with her new 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 at least twice before

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Free download Blue Plate Special Free read Blue Plate Special ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 knockabout life full of sorrows and pleasures many of the latter of the sensual appetitive variet. I love memoirs and I especially 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 s life for just a little while and every now and then I am able to find some commonality between the person t life 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 love for the people in my life 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 life story I could 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 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 their life story judging it as I m rating a restaurant or hotel I can only present the impressions I was left with when reading about Kate Christensen s lifeThis book began with a startling scene Kate recalls a memory of her early childhood She was 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 to learn can be charming but can uickly become unpredictable and volatile was preparing to leave for work Her mother who was exhausted and overwhelmed from caring for two young children begged him to stay and help her for a 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 he left 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 life Eventually after giving birth to a third daughter and experiencing additional beatings Kate s mother divorced her father and she took her daughters to live 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 lives or the dysfunctional lives 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 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 s life 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 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 a life which like 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 lessons were learned We leave her at the dawn of a new relationship in her life She met a much younger man whom she thinks of as her soul mate whatever that means and they are sharing an old farm house in rural Maine She assures us that she finally has her life where she wants it to be with a man she is comfortable with and living the uite life she has always longed for I wish I could say that upon closing this book I had the positive feelings she had Clearly it is HER life 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 learned from her mistakes and was on course to turn her life 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 life choices and patterns I just wasn t convinced that anything in her life had truly changed Hopefully I m wrong


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