In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it was very appropriate that the second book in my new Saturday book review series should be dedicated to a legendary mother.  While Audrey Hepburn isn’t thought of as a Mom, she most definitely was, and based on this book, a very loving and hands on mother.

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Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother's Kitchen by Luca Dotti Review

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Old Hollywood Starlets, but this book made me realize how little I actually knew about the great and powerful Audrey.  I think she liked it that way.

Audrey at Home: Memories Of My Mother’s Kitchen was written by Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti.  Luca shares personal stories about his Mom through her favorite recipes.  It’s a recipe scrapbook of food and family memories.  It was a way for him to show the world that Audrey was not Holly Golightly from her most famous role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The book tells stories of Audrey as a girl surviving war and hunger, and shares details about her chocolate weakness… I’m sure many of us can relate.  She used her Hollywood earnings to settle down in a home with a garden, and lived a very unHollywood lifestyle….

“Even if we were to lose everything, we have a garden, we can grow potatoes and eat them.”- Audrey Hepburn

A woman who could live on potatoes is my kinda person!  I’m even dying to try the book’s simple recipe for potato balls… to paraphrase Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I love finding new ways to cook potatoes.

However, as far as a cookbook, the recipes are really not the showcase of the book.  They are a way to shares stories related to family meals, but they are not groundbreaking ideas.  They are actually very typical retro European meals.

So would I recommend this book?

If you are someone who loves Old Hollywood biographies with drama and scandal, then no.

If you’re just looking for a recipe book, then probably not.

If you are an Audrey fan (who isn’t?) and you want to learn more about the star’s home life from someone who knew her better than anyone, then yes.

Have you read Audrey at Home?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I’m doing these reviews regularly as a Saturday series, so if there are any books or films that you’d like me to review? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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