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Open, honest and hilarious memoir of a transplanted American living her dreams in London. All this while healing her broken heart from "The Boyfriend" whom she was engaged to but ultimately the engagement fell apart. This life altering event pushed her across the sea to basically start her life all over again; new friends, new job, (or numerous jobs) all on her own terms. Along the way she hustled for employment and fed her soul and body with some of the best food London had to offer while training at Le Cordon Bleu. Being the kind woman she is, Jessica took a slice of dessert to a new paramour who responded with "I think you're looking for something much more serious than I am." The road to love can be quite bumpy and the author serves us big slices of romance with humor and at times tears. The author includes recipes; I tried the Bring - Me - Back Black Beans recipe, just divine with the aromatic spices. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Almost Borough Market Brownies served with sliced strawberries and maybe vanilla ice cream, my favorite. Dare I say Craving London has everything you need for lock down; love tome, travel blog (Thailand, especially) and a cookbook with ingredients you already have in your pantry.
I’m always amazed when a memoirist is able to catch your attention and empathy so quickly and completely that you forget your life and surroundings and are immediately drawn into hers. The descriptions of the more commonplace London outside the guidebooks make you feel that you are actually there. Then you get so wrapped up in her painfully honest search for romance that you find yourself saying aloud, more than once, “No girl, not him.” I found myself cheering for her each time and feeling my heart break along with her inevitable disappointment. But then she picks herself up and goes right back to try again with a most enviable and cute perseverance. There should be a warning on this book that there are descriptions of food and recipes strewn throughout that will make you salivate. I think I gained weight just by reading this wonderful excursion, but it’s well worth it.
This book was truly delectable! A little bit Sex and the City, a little Eat, Prat, Love and a little bit confessions of a foodaholic. The combination was mouth watering-I couldn’t put it down. I started off with the electronic format but already received my paper copy as well. The recipes alone are worth the purchase and are like hidden nuggets you don’t want to skip over! I highly recommend you buy this book and join Jessica on her journey through life where she explores love, leisure activities and a true passion for all things edible. I can’t wait for her next release!
Having lived in London nearly 20 years ago myself, I enjoyed reading this book. The author is honest and candid about her struggles to find a husband. Overall, I recommend to others who enjoy memoirs or London or both!
I would have enjoyed reading this book at any time but especially appreciated it in 2020. I’d love to go to London right now but can’t. Jessica took me there. I’m looking for new ideas on things to cook at home. Jessica provided them. I’m feeling anxious and worried about the future. Jessica’s open and honest angst made me more comfortable with my own. A warm hearted and very real memoir.
Reading Jessica Stone’s memoir allowed me to not only experience her journey but also travel back in time and relive my past, especially my relationships. She writes in such an honest and vulnerable way and by doing so shows the reader her strength. I was inspired by all her accomplishments and the knowledge gained by not “achieving” what she was striving for. And the book is just funny, honest, and crazy well written. I totally enjoyed the experience.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book for free and I voluntarily reviewed it. What a wonderful story! So much depth, power and learning in it. I fell in love with Jessica from the first pages as she untangled herself from her Catholic education to understanding who she was as a teenager. I liked the way Jessica used names such as The Boyfriend or The Accountant, you get the idea of their strengths and weaknesses. You don’t need to know anything more about them but how they relate to her and how she scoped them out in her life. The whole story is well-balanced and demonstrates her learning about who she was. I loved the terminology and phrases like, “…let the rest of their lives melt into oblivion.” I can just imagine that happening. An added extra with this book is that as a food blogger, Jessica has included recipes. These recipes don’t just remind of her England and her travels, but they pertain to the story. They enhance her actions and strengthen the purpose. In past books I’ve read with this kind of style I’ve just found the recipes annoying and a distraction to the story. But not this one. In this the recipes complimented the story, and you could see why they were included. It was all part of her life, self-improvement and learning. I found this memoire to be fun, engaging and intriguing. A wonderful read. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great read to chew over and to remind themselves how special life is. Thank you, Jessica. Great job!