Bon Appetempt: A Coming-Of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

Bon Appetempt A Coming Of Age Story with Recipes When Amelia Morris saw a towering beautiful chocolate cake in Bon App tit and took the recipe home to recreate it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting it resulted in a terrible but tasty mess

  • Title: Bon Appetempt: A Coming-Of-Age Story (with Recipes!)
  • Author: Amelia Morris
  • ISBN: 9781455549382
  • Page: 354
  • Format: ebook
  • When Amelia Morris saw a towering, beautiful chocolate cake in Bon App tit and took the recipe home to recreate it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting, it resulted in a terrible but tasty mess that had to be served in an oversize bowl It was also a revelation Both delicious and damaged, it seemed a physical metaphor for the many curious and unexpected situationsWhen Amelia Morris saw a towering, beautiful chocolate cake in Bon App tit and took the recipe home to recreate it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting, it resulted in a terrible but tasty mess that had to be served in an oversize bowl It was also a revelation Both delicious and damaged, it seemed a physical metaphor for the many curious and unexpected situations she s found herself in throughout her life, from her brief career as a six year old wrestler to her Brady Bunch style family minus the housekeeper and the familial harmony to her ill fated twenty something job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles As a way to bring order to chaos and in search of a meaningful lifestyle, she finds herself and at home in the kitchen, where she begins to learn that even if the results of her culinary efforts fall well short of the standard set by glossy food magazines, they can still bring satisfaction and sustenance to her and her family and friends.Full of hilarious observations about food, family, unemployment, romance, and the extremes of modern L.A and featuring recipes as basic as Toasted Cheerios and as advanced as g teau de cr pes, BON APP TEMPT is sure to resonate with anyone who has tried and failed, and been all the better for it.

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    1. Honestly, I'm usually not one for online reviews, but this book was firing on all cylinders!! EVERY CYLINDER!!

    2. I avoid memoirs as a rule of thumb, but I was intrigued by BON APPETEMPT because it promised cooking misadventures and author Amelia Morris's "ill-fated twenty-something job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles." I think I shall continue avoiding memoirs, because they make me feel like I'm judging someone's life in a bad way.If you came for the School of Rock story, it lasts about a chapter and can be summed up thusly: Aging musicians rarely show up to work on time, bum money from people, and ev [...]

    3. Amelia Morris writes a food blog called Bon Appetempt, which is a little play on words about attempting recipies that seem pretty fancy. It was something that she fell into doing while struggling to find a career in her mid-late twenties, and she's been doing for more than five years now. I had never heard of the blog. I'm just a sucker for a good memoir about young women finding themselves and I love cooking, so I thought this would be interesting.The thing is, though, this book is probably mor [...]

    4. I was disappointed, and I SO did not want to be! I love the voice behind the blog, though I've read only it a few times. Reading this has caused me to add another shelf to my : Blogger. I have realized that when the publishers are publishing blogger books, the standards for the book are somehow lower than standards for the blog. That said, the writing is quick and light, in short chapters, for when that is what fits best. I know she will keep writing and I will read the next book. By her 3rd boo [...]

    5. The title drew me in on Netgalley, so I requested a copy. I've never read the blog, but the book was easy enough to follow. I just found Amelia to be a rather unlikeable protagonist. (Reminiscent of Julie in Julie & Julia.) I appreciate her honesty, but she came across as pretty harsh sometimes, especially to her grandma. And some of the mundane details about her schooling and her part time jobs were just dull. All in all, I'm not really sure why I finished it.Although I may have to try toas [...]

    6. Perhaps someone with NO life or cooking experience whatsoever might find this whiny, narcissistic drivel interesting- I did not. I continued as it was kind of entertaining wondering what forehead-smacking thing she'd say next, but I was relieved when it was over.

    7. I liked Amelia from the start. We meet her at 5 years old trying to get into wrestling because that is what her very adored brother loves and her less adored but still loved father. From there we go through her parents' divorce, custody arrangements, stepparents, high school, college, and discovering that life doesn't always turn out exactly how you expected. Through it all she manages to not take herself to seriously (looking back I mean, I have a feeling the young Amelia was pretty melodramati [...]

    8. When Amelia's writing career was slow to take off, she decides to take up a food blog - and in the process finds her new found love of cooking. This book follows Amelia from her childhood, the struggle with her parents' divorce, moving to LA, marriage and beyond. A typical, lighthearted memoir, this book adds yet another story in the category of food memoirs. I didn't all together hate the book, but it's not something I'm going to run out and recommend. It's one of those "I can't quite put my fi [...]

    9. This was somewhat disappointing. I love a good food memoir, but this one was pretty depressing. It was more about the author's constant dissatisfaction with her life and less about food. Food did factor in, more so as an adult, but overall it was kind of a downer. I liked the premise of the book that attempting to cook is important even if your results don't "match" the picture with the recipe and that is obviously a metaphor for life that it's more important to try new things than always take t [...]

    10. I wanted to love this- the inaugural pick for my new book club- but I really didn't. I didn't connect at all with the author, her experiences, or her recipes. I feel like it either needed to be exclusively a memoir about family issues and her coming to terms with them, or exclusively a cutesy book about her courtship/marriage and learning to cook. As a hybrid, it felt unfocused and awkward. No idea if the recipes are good, as none of the dishes even appealed to me conceptually. Maybe a good pick [...]

    11. I honestly don't understand why this book exists. There's no real story here. Her life is just a normal life. She isn't all that interesting. She has had all the advantages and disadvantages of your normal rich girl growing up in the US. Some reviews call her whiny, and there's some of that. Mommy issues? Check. Daddy-doesn't-show-he-loves-me issues? Check.Publishers, please, PLEASE stop giving every blogger a bloody book contract. This writer is pleasant but there's no book here.

    12. I spent like half this book wondering how something so middling ever got published. And then I stumbled across her starting her blog and it all made sense. Which isn't to say that great books can't come from blogs, but The writing and the experiences that Morris shares here are mediocre at best,and more often eye-rolling inducing navel-gazing. And I'm a gen-X-er - I *like* a bit of well-done navel-gazing. Too bad that doesn't apply.And the recipes are sparing and largely unappealing, so.

    13. So much of this is just so mundane and boring. Not just what she ate for dinner but what she was watching on TV and then she went to the grocery store and argued with her mom about whether to buy olive oil or use canola. Thousands and thousands of people have food blogs, that's not enough of a plot for a memoir.

    14. I often don't like memoirs, so this just might not've been the book for me. It felt sloppy, the recipes didn't always make sense where they were placed, etc. Some of the middle chapters about settling into LA and struggling with her career choices were nice, but MFK Fisher this is not.

    15. How could I, foodie and book reader not get more than 100 pages into a food memoir? This is usually my jam! But this book. This book just isn't good. Sorry to the author for saying this, but don't waste your time.

    16. This book is not what the tittle or blurbs lead one to expect. There is a lot of contempt but little bon appetit. I'm Not rating it because I don't know how much was true dislike and how much was disappointment.

    17. A true hipster developing maturity (often the hard way), and although her struggles are sometimes amusing, I keptasking myself if I cared about what happened to her along the way And the answer was always NO. Mediocrerecipes at best (and not many of them).

    18. I thought this would be a great book for my foodie reading challenge, but having gotten about 115 pages into the book, I just don't see the point, author's life totally didn't interest me.

    19. I picked this up used, not knowing what to expect other than the facts I liked the cover (yes, you often can tell a book by its cover) and that I love a good food memoir. I loved it! Not only could I relate to her culinarily adventures but to her relationships with her family as well. It's quick, well-written and has a Julie Powell tone. Unputdownable.

    20. This is one of those books that I borrow from the library and then put on a list to one day buy for myself. I want to own a personal copy. And not just for the recipes (although I'm dying to try them all, with my own unique twist, of course). I thought this memoir was going to be more food-centric, and while it's a very big part of the story and of Amelia discovering herself, it is not the substance of the book. And I loved that. It's a complicated telling of a complicated life, filled with seve [...]

    21. I had not read Amelia's blog previous to starting this book so don't have a baseline to compare it to. I found the writing in this to be solid; sentences flowed well and there was no unnecessarily difficult vocabulary. The subject matter however was quite meandering, as someone who primarily read this book for the food/cooking aspect, it did not appear in earnest until halfway through and even then it felt almost secondary to the events occurring in the authors life. This book left me feeling qu [...]

    22. for someone who wanted to be a comedy writer, i found this to be a strangely dry and straightforward account of this happened and then this happened in my life, without giving us some more emotional meat. her family life has been rocky, but her storytelling did not give me a reason to care. i felt unsurprised when she said she didn't get into a writing mfa program the first time around. also how did she suddenly buy a house in LA after years of being poor, without giving any explanation or atten [...]

    23. 2.5 starsI happened upon this book at the new-ish non-fiction shelf at the library and thought it looked excellent - just from the blurbs alone - but I ended up disappointed. I enjoyed the stories of the author's early life (and the reminder of toasting Cheerios in butter - yum!) but once she got to the place in her life where she threw a fit to get an engagement ring and then was so whiny about people who didn't think she should get married, I lost interest. I've not read her blog so I'm not su [...]

    24. (I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)For someone who loves books and foods I thought this would be perfect for me but it's not.After seeing this up for grabs I quickly requested for it because it has an interesting cover and title that didn't realty equate to the content. Maybe I just didn't appreciate the life of the author that much but the only thing I enjoy are the recipes and the cover.

    25. Found this very, very dry, with hardly anything compelling me to read on. I grabbed this book thinking it was going to be about food and being an undomestic goddess in the kitchen, but there is so much doldrum to wade through before we even touch onto the topic of food. Many a time, I dropped this book to do something else, and then was reluctant to get back into it, because it just didn't have that 'something' to make me want to read on. Disappointing, really

    26. A lot more memoir, a few less recipes. I find her blog much funnier than I did this book. Her humor came through a bit but I expected it to be funnier. She has a unique writing style. I will continue to read her blog but not sure I would recommend the book.

    27. I have no doubt that this was realistic (or fairly, since everything's exaggerated somewhat). But the tone is so melancholy at times that it starts to drag on, and I just felt weighted down by the contents of the book.

    28. Fantastic book that describes life through cooking. Morris is honest and thoughtful about the experiences she's had and couldn't be more real and a narrator. One of those times I wish a book was longer, I couldn't put it down and finished it too fast. I'd highly recommend it.

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