A Homemade Life: stories and recipes from my kitchen table by Molly Wizenberg.
I started this book on Friday and am almost finished with it. It is a charming book about the author and her parents, and, of course, food. When she describes the giant chocolate macaroon she had as a birthday cake, I have been dreaming about coconut ever since. She writes about the death of her father from cancer and had me in tears. "When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be."