Tasting Home – Coming of Age in the Kitchen – Book Review

When I downloaded this book (it was Free for a limited time on Amazon recently), I had no idea how fantastic a read it was going to be! Not only did I finish it in less than 24 hours but I’ve now been inspired to reach for my Escoffier and Larousse (there were a lot of French cookery influences in there) and I also plan to start re-reading all my cookery books and have a bit of a clear out! (I have a lot so it will be a lengthy exercise).

Thanks to Judith’s book, I’ve also added a couple of new Cookery books on my ‘to buy’ list – who knew that Frida Kahlo (whom I’ve had a ‘crush’ on since seeing Salma Hayek’s film about her life back in 1992) has a cookery book – Frida’s Fiestas…?

And, another film inspired foodie personality, Julia Child’s, book ‘Mastering The Art of French Cookery’, ( and a big influence in the author’s culinary exploits) has also made it on to my Amazon wishlist!

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Tasting Home – Coming of Age in the Kitchen by Judith Newton

The ‘Product Description’ on Amazon sums it up pretty nicely:

If Julia Child had cooked Italian for a gay husband, used sugar to sweeten a sour childhood, and hosted buffets for a better world, she could have written Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen.

In this food memoir, Judith Newton shares the unforgettable story of a life on the front lines of activism and in the kitchen. During a difficult childhood, food and cooking were sources of comfort and emotional sustenance.  And in the decades to come, through her marriage to a gay man, her discovery of feminism, her life in a commune, and her career as an academic, she used food to sustain personal and political relationships, mourn losses, and celebrate victories. As she earned her activist stripes in the 1960s and beyond, she also learned how food could ease tension, foster community, and build cross-racial ties. 

Tasting Home combines recipes with personal vignettes, in the classic form of food memoirs by writers such as M.F.K. Fisher and Ruth Reichl, to take us on a remarkable journey through the cuisines, cultural spirit, and politics of the 1940s through the 2000s inviting us to feel how deeply food is tied to identity, love, community, and political engagement.

See an essay based on this book, “A Valentine for My Gay Ex-Husband,”
at Huffington Post Judith Newton.

Tasting Home has received ten independent press awards and a starred review (meaning
“outstanding in its genre”) from Publisher’s Weekly Select.


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