Licking the Spoon by Candace Walsh
A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews



Recipes and cookbooks, meals and mouthfuls have framed the way Candace Walsh sees the world for as long as she can remember, from her frosting-spackled childhood to her meat-eschewing college years to her post-college phase as a devoted Martha Stewart's Entertaining disciple.

In Licking the Spoon, Walsh tells how, lacking role models in her early life, she turned to cookbook authors real and fictitious (Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, Mollie Katzen, Daniel Boulud, and more) to learn, unlearn, and redefine her own womanhood. Through the lens of food, Walsh recounts her life’s journey—from unhappy adolescent to straight-identified wife and mother to divorcée in a same-sex relationship—and she throws in some dishy revelations, a-ha moments, take-home tidbits, and mouth-watering recipes for good measure. A surprising and rambunctiously liberating tale of cooking and eating, loving and being loved, Licking the Spoon is the story of how—accompanied by pivotal recipes, cookbooks, culinary movements, and guides—one woman learned that you can not only recover but blossom after a comically horrible childhood if you just have the right recipes, a little luck, and an appetite for life's next meal.

About Candace Walsh

See more books from this Author
Candace Walsh has been a freelance writer for almost fifteen years. She has written for many publications, including Blender, New York Magazine, Mademoiselle, Newsday, Sunset, Travel & Leisure, Mothering, German Vogue, and Food & Wine. She is also the managing editor of the website My Healing Kitchen, a co-founder of Mamalicious magazine, and the editor of two Seal Press anthologies: Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women and Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On.
Published November 20, 2012 by Seal Press. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Romance, Cooking, Gay & Lesbian, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Licking the Spoon

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Fraught with family drama and dinner tables, New Mexico Magazine managing editor Walsh's (co-editor: Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women, 2010, etc.) story begins before conception and leaves few moments of her life thereafter unturned.

Aug 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir o...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

By the time the narrator moves to New York, the narrative devolves into a chronicle of various relationships, harder drugs, various jobs and therapy.

Oct 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir o...

Lambda Literary

Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family and Identity by Candace Walsh will make you hungry.

Jan 20 2013 | Read Full Review of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir o...

After Ellen

In my 2012 Year in Books post, I mentioned many books from the year in the briefest of terms, one of which was Licking the Spoon by food columnist (read her "Good Taste" articles here) Candace Walsh, which I was in the middle of reading as I wrote about it.

Jan 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir o...

Reader Rating for Licking the Spoon

An aggregated and normalized score based on 53 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review