I don’t know what I was expecting, but Bon Appetempt by Amelia Morris was a pleasant surprise. This “coming of age” (do we ever really get to that “age”) memoir is a delightful path down memory lane starting with her childhood up until the first six weeks of motherhood. In between is the angst of choosing – from choosing which parent to live with to choosing which college to attend to choosing which boyfriend to eventually marry to choosing which career path to follow to choosing (and keeping) a day job to support that career choice, etc., – All told in an upbeat but self-deprecating and honest manner, with a touch of humor thrown in for good measure. I laughed at her father’s comment after she graduated from college, which in essence said “This is as good as it gets, it’s all downhill from here.” So true. Amelia’s goal of becoming a writer is not a simple path, nor is that of her husband, Matt, who struggles to break into the entertainment business with numerous project ideas.
So despite the fact that Amelia’s life consists of the normal ups and downs we all experience, the way she portrays her everyday challenges is compelling enough to keep the reader engaged and invested in her saga. In addition, along the way, Amelia has created a “foodie” blog which explores the difference between the food she prepares and the illustrations of the “professionally” finished product found in various magazines. Sometimes the reality of cooking can be a true adventure as demonstrated not only by Amelia’s Bon Appetempt blog, but also by the descriptions in her book. Interspersed throughout the chapters are some of her favorite recipes, which are thrown into the mix to spice things up a bit. Ultimately, I agree with Amy’s assessment that it’s the process and not the end result that counts, both in cooking and in life.
Needless to say, I breezed through this book and thoroughly enjoyed the “recipe” of Amelia’s life – a success story whether or not she maintains a lucrative career as an author. I hope she considers sharing her stories about motherhood, which is sure to be her next challenge as her young son starts his own adventures. Amelia, I raise my glass of wine to you- Salute!
A thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Four stars.