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Blue Plate Special - An Autobiography of My Appetites-logo

Blue Plate Special - An Autobiography of My Appetites

Kate Christensen

From acclaimed novelist Kate Christensen, Blue Plate Special is a mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness. "To taste fully is to live fully." For Kate Christensen, food and eating have always been powerful connectors to self and world-"a subterranean conduit to sensuality, memory, desire." Her appetites run deep; in her own words, she spent much of her life as "a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability." Now, having found them at last, in this passionate feast of a memoir she reflects upon her journey of innocence lost and wisdom gained, mistakes made and lessons learned, and hearts broken and mended. In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which food-eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it-becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Christensen explores her history of hunger-not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging-with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists. After a whirlwind adolescent awakening, Christensen strikes out to chart her own destiny within the literary world and the world of men, both equally alluring and dangerous. Food of all kinds, from Ho Hos to haute cuisine, remains an evocative constant throughout, not just as sustenance but as a realm of experience unto itself, always reflective of what is going on in her life. She unearths memories-sometimes joyful, sometimes painful-of the love between mother and daughter, sister and sister, and husband and wife, and of the times when the bonds of love were broken. Food sustains her as she endures the pain of these ruptures and fuels her determination not to settle for anything less than the love and contentment for which she's always yearned. The physical and emotional sensuality that defines Christensen's fiction resonates throughout the pages of Blue Plate Spe

From acclaimed novelist Kate Christensen, Blue Plate Special is a mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness. "To taste fully is to live fully." For Kate Christensen, food and eating have always been powerful connectors to self and world-"a subterranean conduit to sensuality, memory, desire." Her appetites run deep; in her own words, she spent much of her life as "a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability." Now, having found them at last, in this passionate feast of a memoir she reflects upon her journey of innocence lost and wisdom gained, mistakes made and lessons learned, and hearts broken and mended. In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which food-eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it-becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Christensen explores her history of hunger-not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging-with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists. After a whirlwind adolescent awakening, Christensen strikes out to chart her own destiny within the literary world and the world of men, both equally alluring and dangerous. Food of all kinds, from Ho Hos to haute cuisine, remains an evocative constant throughout, not just as sustenance but as a realm of experience unto itself, always reflective of what is going on in her life. She unearths memories-sometimes joyful, sometimes painful-of the love between mother and daughter, sister and sister, and husband and wife, and of the times when the bonds of love were broken. Food sustains her as she endures the pain of these ruptures and fuels her determination not to settle for anything less than the love and contentment for which she's always yearned. The physical and emotional sensuality that defines Christensen's fiction resonates throughout the pages of Blue Plate Spe
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From acclaimed novelist Kate Christensen, Blue Plate Special is a mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness. "To taste fully is to live fully." For Kate Christensen, food and eating have always been powerful connectors to self and world-"a subterranean conduit to sensuality, memory, desire." Her appetites run deep; in her own words, she spent much of her life as "a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability." Now, having found them at last, in this passionate feast of a memoir she reflects upon her journey of innocence lost and wisdom gained, mistakes made and lessons learned, and hearts broken and mended. In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which food-eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it-becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Christensen explores her history of hunger-not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging-with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists. After a whirlwind adolescent awakening, Christensen strikes out to chart her own destiny within the literary world and the world of men, both equally alluring and dangerous. Food of all kinds, from Ho Hos to haute cuisine, remains an evocative constant throughout, not just as sustenance but as a realm of experience unto itself, always reflective of what is going on in her life. She unearths memories-sometimes joyful, sometimes painful-of the love between mother and daughter, sister and sister, and husband and wife, and of the times when the bonds of love were broken. Food sustains her as she endures the pain of these ruptures and fuels her determination not to settle for anything less than the love and contentment for which she's always yearned. The physical and emotional sensuality that defines Christensen's fiction resonates throughout the pages of Blue Plate Spe

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tavia Gilbert

Length:

10h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:19


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:32


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:04


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:22


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:01


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:19


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:04


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:50


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:36


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:24


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:44


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:43


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:29