The World in My Kitchen: The Adventures of a (Mostly) French Woman in New York, by Colette Rosant

I had read Colette’s earlier memoir, Apricots on the Nile, about growing up in a large, loving Egyptian-Jewish family in Cairo during the 1940’s. This volume follows her marriage in 1955 to artist and architect James Rossant and her life as a newlywed in New York City where she learns about American food and develops a love of cooking and world cuisine. There are funny stories about her early efforts as a French translator (questioned by the FBI at one point!), young mother and Greenwich Village homeowner. She has had a fabulous career, raised four children and gotten involved in lots of creative food ventures all over the world. Some recipes are included in this brisk account covering a half century of her life.

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RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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