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  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This book was a very enjoyable one to read. Audrey Hepburn has been one of my favorite actresses. I also admired her as a person. This book is from her youngest son, Luca Dotti. It is part biography, and part cookbook. Luca Dotti offers an inside look of his memories of his beloved mother. She was not a "movie star"at home. She was just "mum". and a wonderful one at that. This book has snippets of Audrey Hepburn's. Life, her friends, raising her sons. and her love of food and cooking. I loved ge This book was a very enjoyable one to read. Audrey Hepburn has been one of my favorite actresses. I also admired her as a person. This book is from her youngest son, Luca Dotti. It is part biography, and part cookbook. Luca Dotti offers an inside look of his memories of his beloved mother. She was not a "movie star"at home. She was just "mum". and a wonderful one at that. This book has snippets of Audrey Hepburn's. Life, her friends, raising her sons. and her love of food and cooking. I loved getting to read about Audrey in her home and her charity work with Unicef. There are a lot of recipes to try here. all of them dishes that Audrey Hepburn loved to eat. I really enjoyed getting the chance to read a bit more of this wonderful woman's life. I really appreciated that her son was willing to share with the readers what it was like to have her for his mum. anyone who is a fan of Audrey Hepburn may enjoy reading this book as much as I did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill Bagley

    My true rating so more like 3.5. The writing isn't spectacular, but it was an interesting read. I really enjoy reading the biographies written by Audrey Hepburn's sons. Reading them makes her more human and relatable. Since Luca Dotti was born later in her life this is a glimpse into her life that most biographies just skim over due to her not being involved in films much anymore. I liked seeing what she was like as a mom and not just what she's like behind a camera. There were a few recipes in My true rating so more like 3.5. The writing isn't spectacular, but it was an interesting read. I really enjoy reading the biographies written by Audrey Hepburn's sons. Reading them makes her more human and relatable. Since Luca Dotti was born later in her life this is a glimpse into her life that most biographies just skim over due to her not being involved in films much anymore. I liked seeing what she was like as a mom and not just what she's like behind a camera. There were a few recipes in here that I want to try, such as her flourless chocolate cake recipe. But there were many that I really have no desire to try. Although this was the 70s and 80s and many recipes from this time are not my type of food. I would recommend this book to any avid Audrey Hepburn fan.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    A dear, witty, and poignant food-opic. I am rather a sucker for stories that intertwine life, love, and food. Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses--this particular book shows a side of her life rarely seen. She loved being a mother, dinners with close friends in cozy spaces, and flowers. She was a survivor, in the truest sense of the word, as she nearly perished in Holocaust, living in Holland as a young teenager. Elegant. Classy. Fun. Loving.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I adore all things Audrey Hepburn, and I love that this is both a biography of Audrey written by her son Luca and also a recipe book with some of Audrey's favorite dishes to make. Two for the price of one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Super fun- I didn't know all this about Audrey.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This book is an absolute delight. It's a beautiful, heartfelt tribute of Audrey by her son Luca. I can't wait to try her recipes for Chocolate Cake and Spaghetti al Pomodoro. But the most important recipe is the last recipe: Oral Rehydration Therapy 8 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1quart of drinkable water. Audrey learned this recipe as Envoy for Unicef. Since its first use in 1968 it has saved over 50 million people most of them children.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Buck

    I adore Audrey Hepburn, and this part biography/part cookbook is a wonderful look into the amazing life she led. It's filled with stories and photographs, and of course recipes, and I enjoyed learning things about her that I had not previously read in other books. Written by someone close to her, her second son Luca, I got a glimpse of Audrey and the kind of person she really was, and my admiration for her has grown. If you love all things Audrey like I do, I highly recommend this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Lohr

    Anyone who admired Audrey Hepburn and appreciates simple but tasty food will enjoy this book. With her son Luca Dotti as author, the cookbook has interesting anecdotes and pictures. Who knew that she was good friends with Yul Brynner's wife? Good friends, good food.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I loved this intimate peek into Audrey Hepburn's life from her younger son, Luca Dotti. His recounting of her early life and her five years under German occupation in Holland is fascinating. After the war, she continued studying ballet and hoped to make it a career. Sadly, this was not to be. But she did start getting film roles in 1948. Her first role was as a KLM air hostess. With her beauty and irresistible personality and zest for life, she soon became a big star. She starred on Broadway as I loved this intimate peek into Audrey Hepburn's life from her younger son, Luca Dotti. His recounting of her early life and her five years under German occupation in Holland is fascinating. After the war, she continued studying ballet and hoped to make it a career. Sadly, this was not to be. But she did start getting film roles in 1948. Her first role was as a KLM air hostess. With her beauty and irresistible personality and zest for life, she soon became a big star. She starred on Broadway as Gigi and in the film in Roman Holiday, both in 1952. And as they say, the rest is history. The better part of the book is centered around the family's social life, Audrey's marriage to Dotti's father, their homes, and their many friends, and Audrey's recipes. Audrey's three best friends were Connie Wald, Dorothy Brynner, and Cappucine. Connie's home in Beverly Hills was their home away from home whenever they were in California. The Brynners lived near Audrey's home in Switzerland. Cappucine and Audrey met when they both were modeling together and remained friends for the rest of their lives. There are loads of photos to accompany the stories which add to the enjoyment of the book. Pure pleasure!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    Charming book loaded with intimate family and friends photos. Wonderful, fairly simple yet often elegant recipes. My only problem with Audrey at Home is with the book design. I wanted to purchase one for myself and one as a gift. But this hardcover is created without a dustjacket and the cover is light colored. There were smudges covering every book in the store I picked up. Clearly a popular browse, but not many would spend $35 on a dirty book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo-anne

    Time spent around the family table, favourite recipes and foods bring back such powerful memories of my own life. It was lovely to be part of this love story from a son honouring his mom, not as a Hollywood idol but as a caring, loving mom.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tonia

    I love biographical recipe books, and this one was a joy to read! A sweet tribute from a son to his mother, the book is full of beloved recipes and stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    what a beautiful tribute to his mother in sharing many details of her life in stories and photos and food...lovely

  14. 5 out of 5

    FabAudrey

    Years and years ago, in the beginning of the 2000s, I was sitting in the offices of The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. I remember looking up at a shelf above Audrey’s son Sean’s desk, and seeing a white binder with the word RECIPES across the spine. Were those really Audrey Hepburn’s recipes? Yes. Would they ever be released to the public? I think there was a look of puzzlement for a response. Well, many years later, we finally have a collection of Audrey Hepburn’s personal recipes. What’s more, Years and years ago, in the beginning of the 2000s, I was sitting in the offices of The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. I remember looking up at a shelf above Audrey’s son Sean’s desk, and seeing a white binder with the word RECIPES across the spine. Were those really Audrey Hepburn’s recipes? Yes. Would they ever be released to the public? I think there was a look of puzzlement for a response. Well, many years later, we finally have a collection of Audrey Hepburn’s personal recipes. What’s more, we get the stories that go with each recipe shared, and why they were special – not just to her, but to her younger son, Luca. This is not a formal cookbook; nor is it a formal biography. Instead, we get a more casual look at Mr. Dotti’s dear mum, something he would share with you across his own kitchen table, sleeves rolled up. I really appreciate that Luca has also shared recipes from the women Audrey employed to help run the house, and his fond memories of them. There is so much warmth in these pages, and even if there’s only one recipe in some chapters, the memories and pictures that go along with them are an absolute treasure. (Personally, I loved Luca’s stories of scandalous Nonna Paola. Is there a chance she could get her own book?) In some ways, this book gives you the truest form of Audrey Hepburn: a doting and thoughtful person who would have been more than happy to spend all her days catering to others. From quitting glamorous film work to raise her children, to the secret comfort food she relished after returning home to Switzerland from her travels, to her greatest weakness (flourless chocolate cake), here is who Audrey was when the walls came down and she was safe at home. Here are the memories she left to her child, and they are wonderful. This review was originally written for The Fabulous Audrey Hepburn.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    I had this book on my shelf for a couple of months. I'm a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, there is nothing better on a sunday morning to watch a good hepburn movie with a cup of coffee, comfortably install in the couch with a big knitted blanket. I had my eyes on this book for a long time and finally got it after everyone, without the intention to read it at first. Then after I've discovered that this isn't only a cookbook, I thought I should read it. Plus it is written by her second son, Luca. This is I had this book on my shelf for a couple of months. I'm a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, there is nothing better on a sunday morning to watch a good hepburn movie with a cup of coffee, comfortably install in the couch with a big knitted blanket. I had my eyes on this book for a long time and finally got it after everyone, without the intention to read it at first. Then after I've discovered that this isn't only a cookbook, I thought I should read it. Plus it is written by her second son, Luca. This is first hand infos and I loved it before, I still love it now. Usually when a book about her is written by her own sons, it is always more emotional for me. You really feel the feelings and like overtime I'm reading a cookbook I have a big urge to cook, so that's going to happen next week, just so you know. I loved reading this book, the recipes, the stories behind it. Everything was perfect and I loved it. Of course, this is recommended for every person in love with Hepburn. Just get it, we all know, us Hepburn fan, are collecting books ^^.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kailey Rhone

    If any cookbook counts towards one's reading goal, it's this one. In addition to recipes, Audrey Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti, has infused biographical notes and personal memories of his mother: the multi-talented starlet, Audrey Hepburn. Throughout the year I marked recipes to try and also learned more about my favorite actress's domestic habits and family traditions. Some of the meals I've marked: --Red chicken: chicken sauteed with San Marzano tomatoes and chopped onion. --Penne Alle Vodka: pan-f If any cookbook counts towards one's reading goal, it's this one. In addition to recipes, Audrey Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti, has infused biographical notes and personal memories of his mother: the multi-talented starlet, Audrey Hepburn. Throughout the year I marked recipes to try and also learned more about my favorite actress's domestic habits and family traditions. Some of the meals I've marked: --Red chicken: chicken sauteed with San Marzano tomatoes and chopped onion. --Penne Alle Vodka: pan-fried pasta with Parmesan cheese and vodka sauce. --Tortilla de Patatas y Cebolla: a Spanish potato dish with herbs and olive oil. The cookbook concludes with a lovely look into Audrey's contributions to UNICEF, and in this way Luca Dotti exposes his mother's myriad talents: she wasn't simply a pretty face that lit up screens across the world. She was an intellect, a volunteer, a mother, a cook... This cookbook makes me feel closer, in a way, to my own personal icon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I'm making an effort lately to actually READ the "coffee table books" I have at home, and several of them are about one of my favorite icons and role models: Audrey Hepburn. This book is part memoir/part cookbook. Written by Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti, it's a refreshing, carefree, and fun look at Hepburn where she loved to be best: not in front of the camera, but at home, with her family and friends, sharing treasured times together - usually paired with wonderful food. Several of the recipes fou I'm making an effort lately to actually READ the "coffee table books" I have at home, and several of them are about one of my favorite icons and role models: Audrey Hepburn. This book is part memoir/part cookbook. Written by Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti, it's a refreshing, carefree, and fun look at Hepburn where she loved to be best: not in front of the camera, but at home, with her family and friends, sharing treasured times together - usually paired with wonderful food. Several of the recipes found tucked away in a binder in Hepburn's kitchen are included (naturally, I am anxious to try her scrumptious flourless chocolate cake). There isn't anything too deep here, but it is a lovely homage from a son to his famous mother, who - it is revealed - frequently preferred to avoid the limelight rather than bask in it. Lovely, intimate, unique family photos abound.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cathi

    I like Audrey Hepburn, so when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it out of curiosity. I found out that it was a cookbook, a bit of a biography, and a sweet collection of memories written by her son, Luca Dotti. It's filled with some marvelous photos, some interesting recipes (some rather unique and far too elegant for my style) and very loving tidbits about a star who had a rather elusive quality. It was fun to read about her mother-in-law (the second one), her dear friends (Yul Brynner's wif I like Audrey Hepburn, so when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it out of curiosity. I found out that it was a cookbook, a bit of a biography, and a sweet collection of memories written by her son, Luca Dotti. It's filled with some marvelous photos, some interesting recipes (some rather unique and far too elegant for my style) and very loving tidbits about a star who had a rather elusive quality. It was fun to read about her mother-in-law (the second one), her dear friends (Yul Brynner's wife Doris was one of her closest pals), and all sorts of family traditions. This was a fun book to skim a bit and enjoy while riding my exercise bike. Very light and fun.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Sparks

    I enjoyed this glimpse into Audrey's life, primarily her later years as a mother and humanitarian, from her son's perspective. She seems like such a beautiful person inside and out. The recipes are mainly pastas and desserts, which was amusing since she was such a thin woman. I guess portion control does work. The recipes also seemed rich in flavor, so you probably don't need as much to feel satisfied. I'm planning to make her flourless chocolate cake, which sounds decadent.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Page

    This is my favorite biography of Audrey--it's written by a family member, not a biographer, and it's not focused on her fashion, but rather her food. Even other biographies note how food was so important to her formation and her character. It was a scarcity, a luxury, an indulgence, a necessity. Plus, who wouldn't want to make recipes that Audrey made?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Loved this book on so many levels! The recipes are kind of ordinary but have a twist given by Audrey or her friends. Also you got a new perspective learning about Audrey through her son's, Luca, eyes. Beautiful captivating book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liselotte

    An absolutely beautiful book, definitely one to read if you are an Audrey fan! The only downside I have to this book is that it kept referring to the Netherlands as Holland, which isn't the same thing at all, but apart from that, absolutely worth it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Such an interesting mix - biography, photos, & recipes/food. I have NEVER thought of Audrey Hepburn in terms of food. In terms of her humanitarian work, yes. In terms of her movies, most definitely. And the biography was written by Audrey’s son. Such a lovely book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Audrey at Home is delightful! Originally conceived, well structured and satisfying - just like a hearty, home-made meal!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Gerlt

    Well done! Full of family photos.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sewingdervish

    Not quite a biography not quite a cookbook. An interesting hybrid, Luca Dotti reminisces about, and shares favorite recipes from, his mother whom he knew as a Roman housewife and humanitarian, not an iconic movie star. I enjoyed the way he approached the telling of his mother's life with respect and discretion. No dirty laundry is aired here, no dark secrets revealed, not even any gossip really. It is almost frustrating as we are so used to knowing every detail of celebrities' lives nowdays. I w Not quite a biography not quite a cookbook. An interesting hybrid, Luca Dotti reminisces about, and shares favorite recipes from, his mother whom he knew as a Roman housewife and humanitarian, not an iconic movie star. I enjoyed the way he approached the telling of his mother's life with respect and discretion. No dirty laundry is aired here, no dark secrets revealed, not even any gossip really. It is almost frustrating as we are so used to knowing every detail of celebrities' lives nowdays. I was inspired gastronomically as well, I pan to try more than a few of the recipes contained in the book. My one complaint is that there are no pictures of the finished recipes at all. For me, recipe books are mostly about the pictures, usually, the picture convinces me to try the recipe. Some of these recipes I am still unsure of what they are precisely. Pictures of food would have been beneficial, but there are plenty of cozy home snapshots of Audrey Hepburn and her family and friends.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    The more I learn about Audrey Hepburn, the more I love her. She was an amazing and beautiful woman, inside and out. This book was written by her youngest son, Luca. He relates family stories about his mom, from his point of view. He shows her as a loving mother and not as a celebrity. She loves to garden, cook, and just be a mom. Each chapter has several stories with recipes that go along with the time being discussed. I love how so many of her favorite dishes were so simple. She would even trav The more I learn about Audrey Hepburn, the more I love her. She was an amazing and beautiful woman, inside and out. This book was written by her youngest son, Luca. He relates family stories about his mom, from his point of view. He shows her as a loving mother and not as a celebrity. She loves to garden, cook, and just be a mom. Each chapter has several stories with recipes that go along with the time being discussed. I love how so many of her favorite dishes were so simple. She would even travel with her favorite pasta in her suitcase! I am looking forward to trying some of her recipes and learning even more about her as I prepare to lead a class about her life at www.lovelylivinguniversity.com in the spring.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah • So Obsessed With

    Without a doubt, my favorite parts of this book are the never-before-seen photographs. Photo shoots, promotional images and movie stills are one thing... but it's so much cooler to see Audrey in her daily life. It takes her from an icon and actress to a human that's a mother, a wife and a hostess. I don't know if I'll ever cook any of the recipes shared in these pages, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy this book for an Audrey Hepburn fan. It's a book that's equally at home on coffee tables or in ki Without a doubt, my favorite parts of this book are the never-before-seen photographs. Photo shoots, promotional images and movie stills are one thing... but it's so much cooler to see Audrey in her daily life. It takes her from an icon and actress to a human that's a mother, a wife and a hostess. I don't know if I'll ever cook any of the recipes shared in these pages, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy this book for an Audrey Hepburn fan. It's a book that's equally at home on coffee tables or in kitchen pantries. With a beautiful design and thoughtful look at its subject, Audrey at Home has certainly accomplished its purpose! See my full review on So Obsessed With!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Verna

    Absolutely loved this book! I have savored it since Christmas, limiting myself to a chapter or two at a time. I learned a lot about Audrey that was not revealed in several other books I have read about her. Her adoration of good but simple food for one. Her strong family values and love for her children and her pets. Her strong friendships with a few people over the years. She also had a reverence and respect for beautiful flowers, lush gardens and good old mother earth. She was the real deal in Absolutely loved this book! I have savored it since Christmas, limiting myself to a chapter or two at a time. I learned a lot about Audrey that was not revealed in several other books I have read about her. Her adoration of good but simple food for one. Her strong family values and love for her children and her pets. Her strong friendships with a few people over the years. She also had a reverence and respect for beautiful flowers, lush gardens and good old mother earth. She was the real deal in her life away from movies and Hollywood. I appreciate her son making this book possible and it is a wonderful gift to us all. Excellent book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frosty61

    Audrey Hepburn was one of my favorite actresses so this book was simply a way to get to know her better without the Hollywood spin. It was interesting to read about her life from her son's point of view, but there isn't a lot of depth here. I would've liked to have read about the negative as well as the positive, but what son would write negative things about such a beloved mother and public figure? There's a lot of repetitive name dropping and some confusing scenarios, but overall I enjoyed the Audrey Hepburn was one of my favorite actresses so this book was simply a way to get to know her better without the Hollywood spin. It was interesting to read about her life from her son's point of view, but there isn't a lot of depth here. I would've liked to have read about the negative as well as the positive, but what son would write negative things about such a beloved mother and public figure? There's a lot of repetitive name dropping and some confusing scenarios, but overall I enjoyed the stories and how they related to the included recipes. Pasta with Ketchup was one that made me smile.

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