Certain episodes stand out as especially heartbreaking. As her father succumbs to cancer, Hood desperately tries to nourish him with ice cream and Ensure nutrition shakes ... Hood has written painfully of the loss of [her young daughter] Grace ... Written in a series of deliciously digestible essays, the wistful and wonderful Kitchen Yarns is a feast for the heart, mind and senses.
Enter a new classic ... Hood's prose packs a wallop ... should appeal to fans of M.F.K. Fisher, with essays and recipes for readers seeking nourishment both culinary and literary ... So many moments and meals in Kitchen Yarns shine [.]
Writing a compelling food memoir is a delicate act; the recipes have to live up to the memories they evoke. In the hands of prolific author Hood, the stories themselves are the main dish—but the food still has to be delicious ... While some of the stories feel redundant, with repeated bits of history rephrased, when Hood is focused on her prose, it’s like a classic recipe—all the flavors sing ... A full plate of heart and hearty eats.