Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes

Pen Palate Mastering the Art of Adulthood with Recipes From the writers of acclaimed blog Pen Palate a humorous coming of age and mastering the art of home cooking memoir of friendship told through stories recipes and beautiful illustrations Getting t

  • Title: Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes
  • Author: LucyMadison Tram Nguyen
  • ISBN: 9781455535057
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the writers of acclaimed blog Pen Palate, a humorous coming of age and mastering the art of home cooking memoir of friendship, told through stories, recipes, and beautiful illustrations Getting through life in your twenties isn t easy especially if you re broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment For best friends LucyFrom the writers of acclaimed blog Pen Palate, a humorous coming of age and mastering the art of home cooking memoir of friendship, told through stories, recipes, and beautiful illustrations Getting through life in your twenties isn t easy especially if you re broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment For best friends Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen, cooking was an escape from the daily humiliation that is being a twenty something woman in a big city PEN PALATE traces the course of Lucy and Tram s devoted friendship through miserable jobs and tiny apartments, first loves and ill advised flings, successes and setbacks always with a shared love of food at the center of the narrative A modern take on Laurie Colwin s classic Home Cooking, this coming of age memoir for the Girls set weaves together comical mis adventures and recipes meant to be shared with a best friend and a bottle of wine.

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    1. Pen & Palate is not like any book I've ever read. The format itself is unique in that the narrative not only details the challenging lives of 2 best friends navigating their 20s, but it also includes a variety of recipes that have personal meaning for each of them. Their ongoing love of food is a common interest that initially keeps them bonded, but life events make it challenging to keep their friendship afloat. While I enjoyed the unique format of the narrative, I did start to get bored mi [...]

    2. Pen and Palate has some great thoughts on what food means and how it factors into both everyday life and special occasions, as well as some fantastic recipes. Unfortunately, the narrative sections of the book are trying to sum up some kind of lesson on adulthood, but not really getting there. The dueling narratives meant than neither writer is able to really develop their themes and relationships. An interesting but flawed concept.**I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. All opinion [...]

    3. "It's cookbook as bildungsroman. The recipes are great, but greater still is the pair's unvarnished take on the comedic hideousness of being young and totally confused about everything from love to work to how much the steam heat in your crappy Manhattan apartment costs (pro tip from Madison: It's free.)"–Melanie Rehak on Tram Nguyen and Lucy Madison's Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes in the Summer 2016 issue of Bookforum To read the rest of this review, go to Boo [...]

    4. I enjoyed reading this memoir about two women, friends since high school, and about them entering adulthood, moving to two different states and continuing their friendship through conversations by phone, their mutual love of trying recipes and figuring out what they want in life. I loved the drawings and the recipes throughout the book. This book is great for people that like collecting cookbooks and reading about people's experiences and adventures in cooking.

    5. I was a little disappointed that the recipes in the book were so much more advanced than I had assumed. I was kind of hoping for two girls struggling to learn how to feed themselves with no experience. However! Their struggles to live in a clean, decent apartment, their search for a career and a passion, even some of their zanier stories were totally relatable. It was a nice read :)

    6. I am a huge sucker for cook books and I would say this is just an evolution-used cook book with a good story. It's about amazing friendship that stands the test of time and how food is such apart of our lives whether we know it or not. I borrowed this from the library so I must now go buy a copy. And it is going on my cookbook shelf. I cannot wait to make some of these delicious recipes.

    7. Four stars for how interesting these two women are Three stars for the randomness of the structure- the recipes at the end of chapters didn't always seem logical or relevant, and the narrative jumps weren't always smooth. Enjoyable overall though.

    8. The recipes were an interesting hook, but I was never really drawn into the various vignettes of fresh adulthood. It might be I'm just too old for the whole OMG-being-in-your-20's-is-sooo-hard genre, but it just didn't do much for me.

    9. An enjoyable story about two friends growing up, discovering interests, working toward goals, and falling in love--with some delicious family recipes to sweeten the story. I made the chocolate chip cookies while reading through and recommend them even more than the book.

    10. In the arbitrary world of book reviews, some books get 5 stars because they're important, some get 3 because the reader didn't like the genre, and some get 5 because the prose sings. This book gets five stars because it was exactly what I needed to read. After a summer of reading my way through a couple of science-themed books, taking a quick dive into the friendship of Lucy and Tram was perfect. Maybe because they're just a few years removed from me, so their experiences seem familiar and still [...]

    11. I love love love a cook book that tells a good story! Beautifully illustrated, with explanations and preambles to the recipes, this is a lovely story about friendship, growing up, and recipes that mean something.

    12. Review originally appeared @ Reading Lark: readinglark/2016/Two young women, best friends since high school, weave in and out of each other’s lives as they go to college, move out on their own in different cities, and learn to navigate adulthood. Oh, and there’s food; lots of food and lots of stories about food. It doesn’t necessarily sound like the recipe for an amazing book, and yet as with all dishes it becomes much more than the sum of its parts. Pen and Palate is told in alternating c [...]

    13. I won this book in a giveaway. I finally got around to reading this, I've had it for months. I won this is May and just read it the past 2 days. I knew this book was about 2 friends in their 20s and about food and as a foodie and someone who is about to go into my 20s, this book screamed READ ME so I did. This is a no lie book. They tell your exactly the kind of good & bad stuff you are going to be dealing with in your 20s from dealing with boys, finding yourself, your career, and keeping f [...]

    14. I love food and I love coming-of-age stories and this book does a beautiful job of combining both. Lucy and Tram have been best friends since middle school and do an excellent job of recounting the ups and downs of life in your twenties. Plus, the illustrations are all by Tram and are awesome! I would definitely recommend this to any/all foodies. It's like a cookbook with detailed stories behind each recipe. If you're a fan of books by Ruth Reichl or Molly Weizenberg, pick this up.

    15. It's like reading a blog. The writing is easy, and things are wrapped up quickly. The recipes are okay, but nothing was appealing enough to make.

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