I recently read this most enjoyable book. It is a collection of the Food Diary columns Hesser wrote between 2000-2002 for the The New York Times Magazine - short personal reminiscences with accompanying recipes. I think it counts as a memoir. She'll tell you, for example about meeting her boyfriend's parents, and the dinner his mother cooked for them, and then give the recipes at the end of each chapter, telling you which cookbook it came from and how it was adapted. She writes wonderfully - I'm neither a cook nor a foodie, but I'm loving her story telling. And the recipes sound so good that I might have to try some of them! I found this to be a winning combination by an author to watch
Well, the story was pretty blase', boring mostly. Too many of these cooking memoirs out there, and this one says less than most. HOWEVER, some of the recipes are really great, and it is worth a credit just for those.