Jennifer Reese
November 03, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Talking With My Mouth Full

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Bonny Wolf
publisher
St. Martin's Press
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

For Minnesota-bred NPR commentator Bonny Wolf, pistachio was the green instant-pudding mix in a Bundt cake her mother used to bake ”to rave reviews.” The fare is less exalted, but Wolf imbues her charming Talking With My Mouth Full with a similar affection for the dishes and people of her past. Her collection — which owes a debt to the late Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking — boasts an infectious appreciation for the dowdier dishes of the last century, like chicken à la king and molded Jell-O salad. If you think you would never consider making a cake with pistachio pudding mix, this book will change your mind.

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