My Fathers Daughter
Release Date September 11, Picking Up the Pieces Jewel. Love Used to Be. A Boy Needs a Bike. It Doesn't Hurt Right Now. I have gratitude to him for his care and love. A beautiful and haunting look at family and the differences between generations. This is a story of the love that binds families, and how we can love our parents but not really understand them, unless we decided to know their story.
This is all about those funny and annoying and frustrating things that your parents do, and how it takes courage to really look into why they are that way, and to accept it for what it is. This is about loving people as they are and understanding how much they love y A beautiful and haunting look at family and the differences between generations. This is about loving people as they are and understanding how much they love you. It is also deeply disturbing and hard to read because of the section on the killing fields in Cambodia. The story of Pol Pot and how Cambodia affected Alice's father is one that her father did not want to her to know.
He wanted her to grow up Australian, to grow up with all the things he never had and to never need to know why he wanted to live in a land of electricity, cleanliness and education. I can understand why it took 10 years to write this story. It would have been very difficult to relive what her father and mother and family went through in Cambodia, and to put it on paper in a way that shows courage, love and determination.
It would have taken time and understanding to be able to process this all, not be distracted by it and to come to the other side, a better person for the journey. I really enjoyed the ending, it made me smile.
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May 11, Rach The Great rated it it was amazing Shelves: Recently I heard Alice Pung speak and on a whim this week, I decided to buy this book after putting it off for three years. I'm not sure why I didn't read it sooner. This isn't a refugee story by any means, but an incredibly moving story of Alice and her growing want for independence, and her overprotective father, whose paranoias for his family's safety are motivated by love, and fear.
And with love as your primary reason, that is an argument a daughter can never win. Through her and her father's Recently I heard Alice Pung speak and on a whim this week, I decided to buy this book after putting it off for three years. Through her and her father's perspective, Alice's voice compels you into her and her father's head. Set in China, Melbourne and Cambodia, Alice shows how her parents' love and worries shape each decision she makes, and how she slowly came to understand her father's oddities investing in ramshackle properties, hiding knives every night and the four years of his life during Pol Pot that he had deliberately tried to forget.
Beautiful prose, highly recommended reading. Mar 03, Anna rated it liked it. I hade expected this to pick up where Unpolished Gem finished, but it is very different in style, and is much more about the relationship between father and daughter including how the father's past affects that relationship than a straightforward memoir. I initially found the third person writing style hard to get into, and it made the book read more like fiction, but on reflection I think this demonstrated how Pung herself came to understand her relationship with her father almost as an outsi I hade expected this to pick up where Unpolished Gem finished, but it is very different in style, and is much more about the relationship between father and daughter including how the father's past affects that relationship than a straightforward memoir.
I initially found the third person writing style hard to get into, and it made the book read more like fiction, but on reflection I think this demonstrated how Pung herself came to understand her relationship with her father almost as an outside observer. The narrative can best be described as a series of interrelated vignettes, and some part of the book work better than others. I found the Year Zero section particularly compelling.
While other sections didn't work so well for me, I was left with a clear sense of the love and affection within Pung's family, in spite of the horrors in her father's past. Oct 30, Chiara Situmorang rated it liked it. This was the first audiobook I've ever fully listened to. Maybe this was why I felt disconnected to it sometimes. I loved the first half more than the second, mainly because it showed more of the father-daughter relationship and Pung's own experiences coming to China and all of that.
It was more touching and real for me, and while the second half about Pung's father's experiences in the killing fields was harrowing, it didn't quite hit the spot. This is a 3. I'm still interested in read This was the first audiobook I've ever fully listened to. I'm still interested in reading Pung's other works because apparently they're funnier and more lighthearted, but I wish I could've gotten into this one more. All the same, it was a good book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that's interested in a retelling of the genocide from a different perspective.
I found that the parts about how Pung's father was affected by their experience afterward were really enlightening. Dec 04, Marcella Purnama rated it really liked it Shelves: It's the kind of book that makes you feel grateful for your life, no matter how bad it seems at the moment. And as an Indonesian of Chinese descent, I relate to a lot of her stories, as my parents are somewhat like Alice's parents as well.
The first few chapters were a bit slow, and I didn't quite like the changing voices at first, but it really picked up when she talked about Cambodia. Now I understand why the first few chapters were written like that—it was all part of the backstory. Love the bo It's the kind of book that makes you feel grateful for your life, no matter how bad it seems at the moment.
Nov 23, Marie rated it really liked it. A beautiful memoir about history, love and the unbridgeable gaps between children and parents in first generation migrant families. The middle section in Cambodia is harrowing and I found myself stopping to digest so much of it. The parts set in Australia are so familiar to me.
This is a remarkable memoir about the relationship between Alice and her father, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide in the s. Written in the third person, the book is set in China where Alice initially goes to connect with her Chinese roots , Melbourne, where the Pung family settled as refugees and Cambodia. The most gripping and tragic section is the no holds barred description of her father and his family being expelled from their home in Phnom Penh and working in the 'killing fields' u This is a remarkable memoir about the relationship between Alice and her father, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide in the s.
The most gripping and tragic section is the no holds barred description of her father and his family being expelled from their home in Phnom Penh and working in the 'killing fields' under the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Stories of the killing fields are familiar to most of us but this story is a reminder of the anguish and loss that many in our Australian community have borne before they came to this country. This memoir is a story of survival without bitterness. Alice's father pours all his energy and faith into making good in his new country and into the protection and success of his children.
The tensions that this creates are also explored in the book. The memoir is honest, loving and finely crafted.
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Nov 08, Therese Spruhan rated it it was amazing. This is a beautifully written memoir by Alice Pung about her father, herself and her family; their life in Australia, her father's four years of horror living under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and his years of 'dismemory'. Having spent a month in Cambodia in , seeing the devastation of the Pol Pot years on the country and its people made me particularly keen to read this book. It was interesting the way Alice Pung chose to write her story in the third person.
A bit disconcerting in the begin This is a beautifully written memoir by Alice Pung about her father, herself and her family; their life in Australia, her father's four years of horror living under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and his years of 'dismemory'.
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A bit disconcerting in the beginning but was the perfect way to tell this poignant story. Her quote towards the end of the book from TS Eliot: This love is silent", perfectly evokes the love within the Pung family. Sep 16, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: Last night I heard Alice Pung speak at Avid Reader in Brisbane, and she really brought this book to life, as she talked about her parents, her upbringing and relationship with her mother and father and their lives in China, Cambodia and Melbourne.
Her Fathers Daughter is written in the third person and almost as a conversation between Alice and her father and it capture's their relationship in a very moving way. Alice's father fled Cambodia to Vietnam in , narrowly escaping death in the Killi Last night I heard Alice Pung speak at Avid Reader in Brisbane, and she really brought this book to life, as she talked about her parents, her upbringing and relationship with her mother and father and their lives in China, Cambodia and Melbourne.
Alice's father fled Cambodia to Vietnam in , narrowly escaping death in the Killing Fields. However, the book isn't just about the stories of the horrific Pol Pot regime, and in fact it doesn't go there until p Her Father's Daughter is ultimately a book about love and respect and a celebration of life after Cambodia. Dec 05, Imogen rated it liked it. Her Father's Daughter is a really quite fascinating account of Alice Pung's relationship with her father, as well as his suffering in Cambodia.
The contrast between Pung's relatively sheltered life while dealing with her parents' concerns and the horrors of Cambodia is quite striking. I found it very effecting, though I would like to explore the book's themes further than one reading on a lengthy aeroplane flight can provide. These thoughts aren't very coherent now, but I have to study the boo Her Father's Daughter is a really quite fascinating account of Alice Pung's relationship with her father, as well as his suffering in Cambodia.
These thoughts aren't very coherent now, but I have to study the book for lit, so it's likely that sometime next year a very comprehensive review will appear out of nowhere. Jun 19, Lee Kofman rated it it was amazing. In some ways this one is a more flawed book because of the gaps the story leaves in emotional experiences of Alice and also the distance it creates between her and her readers because she chose to write this memoir in the third person.
But I love the ambition and artistry of this book, I love how the structure is not linear but emotional, how boldly and artfully Pung approaches the writing of horrors of Pot Pol and of course, just like Unpolished Gem, this memoir sings with poetry. I am a big fan. Sep 23, Tina rated it really liked it.
Brings the refugee experience alive and relates it to the more recent Australian experience. I've read lots about Cambodia, but it always seems far away and happening to other people. Alice's book bought home the reality that this happened to real people - people I've met. It's very different from her first book. The humour is still there, but not quite as obvious and on the surface. Do be warned, though, that GP loves fish, anchovies, olives and bitter greens. If you aren't fond of these things, this may not be the best book for you. Jan 01, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. My husband gave me this for Christmas.
My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
I never asked for it, or gave any thought to reading it before I received it. I'm glad he gifted me with this cookbook, because I actually enjoyed it very much. I'm not sure that I will cook many of the recipes, but I loved hearing her stories.
To me, this is less of a cookbook and more of a love letter to her father. My heart actually ached for her when she said that she chose a macrobiotic, vegan, gluten-free, local, all-organic diet as a way to vicarious My husband gave me this for Christmas. My heart actually ached for her when she said that she chose a macrobiotic, vegan, gluten-free, local, all-organic diet as a way to vicariously cure her father's throat cancer.
There was such a child-like innocent in that statement.
Throughout the book, she tells stories of her childhood that center on food and togetherness. The pages are also peppered with little gems of advice from her daughter Apple. I can honestly say that this was the most emotional response I have ever had to a cookbook. Aug 05, Marla rated it really liked it Shelves: So, I secretly like Gwyneth Paltrow.
I know it's not popular to like her, but I do. Her website gives you a peek into the rarified world of the international elite, and I totally love checking it out. It's a little outrageous, but I can't judge the companies that make them or the people who buy them too much. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. I've made about 10 recipes so far and they've all come out really well. My favorites are the Kale Fried Rice I've made it several times and added peas and asparagus to make it even more veggie-packed and stuffed Turkey Burgers. I appreciate that her recipes are light and on the healthier side, and the book focuses on vegetarian fare with occasional inclusions of white meat turkey, chicken and fish.
No red meat recipes, here. Also, she doesn't shove the "macrobiotic, organic, detox" thing down your throat too much, anyway. Check it out from the library first if you're on the fence - I was pleasantly surprised at how good this cookbook was! May 26, Lauren rated it did not like it. I was disappointed by this cookbook.
I try to eat healthy food and am always interested in new recipes- but this book has only 2 types of recipes: They aren't bad recipes per se, but you could find better versions of pretty much any of her recipes online or in other cookbooks. They are run-of-the-mill, and don't even utilize common spices well.
At best this is a fallback, stock cookbook, in which case you are MUCH better off going with Joy of cooking which is an awesome reference cookbook! The book is littered with little stories about other celebrities, which I assume are meant to be interesting tidbits, but they really just come off as pompous, condescending and a bit preachy. Aug 17, Katecooksthebooks rated it liked it. The most important thing I learned while reviewing this book for my site, katecooksthebooks. Way out of proportion, if you ask me. They find it to be highly insulting that someone from a priveledged background, who, they believe, has led a completely charmed life, would have the audacity to say anything about cooking.
All of that somehow made me more determined to find out if her recipes worked and her book was worth buying or at least checking out of th The most important thing I learned while reviewing this book for my site, katecooksthebooks. All of that somehow made me more determined to find out if her recipes worked and her book was worth buying or at least checking out of the library. And in my estimation, it is! Some of her dishes are merely servicable Playwright's Melt, for instance, is just cheese melted on an english muffin with olives.
If you think that's a recipe let me introduce you to the Potato Chip Sandwich but some are wonderful veggie burgers, turkey sausage, white bean soup, Lalo's Famous Cookies. She has her nutty food biases and unsubstatiated dogmas beef and pork are always inhumane but duck and chicken are treated with dignity and respect at all times but for the most part she's not trying to proselytize. Oct 23, Abby Lyn rated it liked it. I have a bit of a fetish for beautifully photographed cookbooks, and Gwyneth Paltrow she of Shakespeare, Coldplay and Glee fame has created one of the loveliest I have seen: Despite my embarrassment about ordering a celebrity cookbook, I have to admit I have really enjoyed this one, and it will maintain a spot on my kitchen shelf.
Given how many cookbooks have come and gone through my home, that is no small statement! I've particularly enjoyed the breakfast recipes I have a bit of a fetish for beautifully photographed cookbooks, and Gwyneth Paltrow she of Shakespeare, Coldplay and Glee fame has created one of the loveliest I have seen: I've particularly enjoyed the breakfast recipes OMG those overnight pancakes!
Being a "flexitarian," Gwyneth has a lot of vegan, gluten-free, fish and poultry dishes, but don't choose this book if you love a juicy steak. Perhaps it shouldn't be such a surprise that Wonder Woman can cook. She may not compare to the Barefoot Contessa, but I've picked up a lot of new ideas here for simple, fresh and healthy cooking. Jul 19, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I had no intention of checking this book out from the library, until I saw Gwyneth on the Graham Norton show which I was watching mostly for Lady Gaga, secondarily for Geoffrey Rush.
After she brought forth her vegetarian paella and gushed about brussel sprouts, I figured I'd give it a shot, even if cooking was a just a side project to being famous. My husband laughed and decided I must be "weird" when he realized I was reading this cookbook cover-to-cover. I started making a list of recipes I I had no intention of checking this book out from the library, until I saw Gwyneth on the Graham Norton show which I was watching mostly for Lady Gaga, secondarily for Geoffrey Rush.
I started making a list of recipes I wanted to save, but I gave up and decided to just buy the book. Truth is, it's more like being famous is a side project to cooking for her family. Besides narrating everything very well, Gwyneth's got a really great collection of delicious food here. Who can argue with that? Mar 18, Rosanne rated it really liked it. OK, so I was extremely skeptical before checking out this book. Gwyneth P induces eyerolls in me on a regular basis and while that patronizing attitude is definitely here, the recipes are excellent, photography is beautiful, and the stories and anecdotes she provides are quite charming.
The recipes are actually fairly basic, things you can make at home on a daily basis, excited to try more of them out. One of the best cookbooks I've read this year. Apr 16, Wendy marked it as to-read. I don't really plan to read this. I just want to note two things: May 19, martha Boyle rated it really liked it. Katie gave me this for Mother's Day--you might think that a "celebrity" cookbook isn't a serious cookbook, but this one is. Austin leafed through it and immediately found several recipes for us to try--the narrative is interesting, the pictures are gorgeous and the recipes are homey and delicious.
Jul 16, Kristen Buskirk rated it really liked it. I loved the stories she shared for each recipe. I have never "read" a cookbook from cover to cover before this one, and I honestly enjoyed it!
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Aug 25, Quince Winstyn rated it liked it. Except for the confusing 'vegan' symbol beside my copy's blue cheese dressing recipe, all went well. Jul 17, Kevin Wilkinson rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked up this book because, one, I am a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow and, two, I also happen to love eating delicious food. The introduction is a touching dedication to her father, Bruce Paltrow, who instilled in her a love for good food Bruce was also a great cook who developed his style and knowledge of food throughout his life.
Food also took on a secondary meaning for Gwyneth because it was something that bonded and solidified he I picked up this book because, one, I am a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow and, two, I also happen to love eating delicious food. Food also took on a secondary meaning for Gwyneth because it was something that bonded and solidified her relationship with her father. For instance, Gwyneth notes on page 15 "When I was about eighteen we started cooking together. I'm not sure exactly how is started, what day it was, or how it was catalyzed We decided to make a meal, and from there we got kind of obseesed.
We would watch the cooking channel together as much as we watched NFL football, often with me resting in the crook of his arm. The book, in that sense, serves as a tribute to her father's culinary influence. She also discusses her "macrobiotic stage" of her life where she strictly ate healthy, non-processed foods which her father refused to adhere to during his cancer treatment.
This taught Gwyneth the power of balance in your life. Eating organically has huge benefits and I tried to devote a lot of my own diet to organic foods, but There's a lot of good stuff in this cookbook. My favorite dishes are the spaghetti alla vongole and the sweet potato ravioli. I'm studying to be an elementary school teacher and we talk about having "resource book" which are books that you can keep and reference in the future because they have so much valuable information.
This book is a resource book as far as I'm concerned. There so much dishes I want to cook in the future and this book will be an awesome guide. Gwyneth's uses her writing voice impeccably in "My Father's Daughter". This book reminded me of Fletcher's section that was dedicated to using voice in non-fiction. This is a non-fiction book with most of the pages devoted to recipes with commentary sprinkled in.
Her commentary is witty, emotive, and the furthest from dry. She did not present her story and her dishes in an pedantic type of way. Her words were warm and inviting.
A lot of people allege that Gwyneth is pretentious but her voice suggest the opposite. She includes cute stories about her children and family while mentioning her beliefs about health. I would use "My Father's Daughter" as an example of effective use of voice in a non-fiction context. Dec 29, Millicent rated it liked it Shelves: I am writing this review as I eat the 'Duck broth with soba' from this book. Gwyneth Paltrow's stated intentions on the cover of this book, which are to provide '' delicious, easy recipes celebrating family and togetherness'' were almost met.
The recipes are the standard fare for foodies. There wasn't much that was original, but I give her points because of how she put the book together. She gives tips on how to get young children interested in cooking through participation. I live with a 3 year I am writing this review as I eat the 'Duck broth with soba' from this book. I live with a 3 year old girl, who I often cook with, and I think that should be something all people do with their children. I think its bizarre how modern culture believes in lengthy education for children, but in their education completely ignores essential life skills like cooking.
Gwyneth is very health conscious and it is apparent by the ingredients she stresses that one uses. I loved her healthy hoisin recipe and it will from now on be the recipe I will use for hoisin sauce. What a healthy improvement using ingredients I wouldn't have associated with hoisin sauce. But other than that, in terms of the tastiness of the food, there were hits and misses. In all I made 5 of her dishes: But she piqued my interest in what the best miso recipe was. I googled for one and OMG I saw the light. The key is putting kombu in the water overnight in the fridge. I thank Gywenth though for informing me on the benefits of miso paste.
Makes me keen to use it more. The hoisin sauce was the star. Feb 03, Teresa rated it it was amazing. It is what it is and much more than I expected. Admittedly, I initially opened with much trepidation. I mean, it's Gwyneth Paltrow. I mean, read her dedication where she references all the famous ppl she knows, at least the ones you'll know. If nothing else, read it for the dedication.
However, the flip side her being about the image is that I knew she would not lose face by put It is what it is and much more than I expected.