The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn

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Rating – 3/5 stars

Date Finished – October 5, 2017

87/120 in 2017

Publication Date – September 26, 2017

This book is 100% in my wheelhouse. It’s a food memoir in the tradition of Molly Wizenberg, with a hint of Ruth Reichl – exactly the kind of book that makes me stop everything and start reading.

But, for some reason, Nunn’s memoir missed the mark for me. I was looking for a structure that never quite made itself clear, and I felt disconnected from Nunn’s descriptions of her family. I know that families are complex, hard to explain, and ever-changing, but I felt like Nunn needed to spend more time digging into her relationship toward her family before tackling a memoir. Her lack of perspective sometimes felt immature.

Despite some lack of perspective, Nunn’s stories about reconnecting with her childhood friends and family were really lovely. And the recipes are top notch, and they really add to the reading experience.

If you’re looking for a pretty good food book, this one is fun. But, if you’re more in it for the Cheryl Strayed-esque memoir, keep looking.

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2 thoughts on “The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn”

    1. I’m glad you asked! There are a few subsets: the first has recipes included (Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life and Kara Nicoletti’s Voracious), the second doesn’t (Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle) and then there are Chef memoirs (Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter or Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential). They’re all such fun books to read, especially if you also like to eat! Also – Sourdough by Robin Sloan – it’s a novel but a GREAT food book. Happy Reading!

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