Bon Appétempt:

A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

Lunch in Paris meets Adulting in this funny and poignant memoir about collapsing cakes and coming of age in your twenties and thirties.

When Amelia Morris found a beautiful chocolate cake in Bon Appétit and took the recipe home to re-create it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting, it collapsed into a terrible (but delicious) mess that had to be served in an oversize bowl. It also paralleled the interesting and never-quite-predictable situations she’s gotten herself into throughout her life, from her one-day career as a six-year-old lady wrestler to her ill-fated job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles. As she gets older, the kitchen is where she finds that even if some of her attempts fall short of the standard set by a food magazine, they can still bring satisfaction to her and to her family and friends. Full of hilarious observations about food, family, unemployment, romance, and the excesses of modern Los Angeles, Bon Appétempt is sure to resonate with anyone who has tried and failed, and been all the better for it.

Editorial Reviews

"Bon Appétempt is a charming, thoughtful, and touching memoir about growing up and becoming the person and artist you’ve always wanted to be—both inside and outside the kitchen. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I could not put it down. It also made me very, very hungry for crepes!”

Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of California

“A winning memoir about youthful befuddlement and finding yourself.”

People

“A delicious portrait of love, loss, and what I ate…Morris is masterful and funny…Whether Morris is winning or failing in her relationships or mastery of the dishes, she is always human.”

News and Observer (Raleigh)

“The impetus for the blog she starts, with which this book shares its name, was a growing realization that if words failed her, food wouldn’t: cooking, as opposed to writing, became a place to lightheartedly attempt great things, and not feel personally hurt if she failed…Sure to appeal to fans of her personable blog, and to round up new ones.”

Booklist

“A refreshing take on growing up and coming to terms with the joys and travails of family, career and navigating the kitchen…Whether Morris is deconstructing her failed attempts at finding satisfying work, struggling with rocky family relationships or experiencing a culinary failure, she adroitly blends the ingredients of humor and self-reflection.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Author Amelia Morris portrays herself to perfection as she reveals her growing pains and how she found an outlet for life’s rough spots through cooking. Morris recounts her childhood experiences with a steady and sometimes understated narration that make her observations all the funnier. As her story progresses, Morris’s performance becomes livelier as she reacts more vigorously to life’s stressful and mortifying moments and discovers the need to assert herself as an adult. The tastiest parts are revealed when Morris recites recipes and talks about food. Here, her delivery takes on a resonance that conveys her appreciation for food and the process of cooking it as well as the fulfillment she gains from both.”

AudioFile

“Amelia Morris’ debut, Bon Appétempt, is one of the most compulsively readable books I’ve picked up in years.”

Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Author Biography

Amelia Morris is the creator of Bon Appétempt, which Time magazine named one of the twenty-five best blogs of 2012. Her work has also been featured in McSweeny’s and the Los Angeles Times, on The Splendid Table, and online at Saveur and Bon Appétit. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she was the recipient of the Margaret Shannon Morton Fellowship. She currently lives on the east side of Los Angeles with her husband, baby son, and small dog.

Reader Biography

Amelia Morris is the creator of Bon Appétempt, which Time magazine named one of the twenty-five best blogs of 2012. Her work has also been featured in McSweeny’s and the Los Angeles Times, on The Splendid Table, and online at Saveur and Bon Appétit. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she was the recipient of the Margaret Shannon Morton Fellowship. She currently lives on the east side of Los Angeles with her husband, baby son, and small dog.

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