The Measure of My Powers

The Measure of My Powers

A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris

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"On the surface, Jackie Kai Ellis's life was the one that every woman--herself included--wanted. She was in her late twenties and married to a handsome man, she had a successful career as a designer, and a home that she shared with her husband. But instead of feeling fulfilled, happy, and loved, each morning she'd wake up dreading the day ahead, searching for a way out. Depression clouded every moment, the feelings of inadequacy that had begun in childhood now consumed her, and her marriage was slowly transforming into one between two strangers--unfamiliar, childless, and empty. In this darkness, she could only find one source of light: the kitchen. It was the place where Jackie escaped, finding peace, comfort, and acceptance. This is the story of how, armed with nothing but a love of food and the words of the great 20th century food writer M.F.K. Fisher, one woman begins a journey--from France to Italy, then the Congo and back again--to find herself. Along the way, she goes to pastry school in Paris, eats the most perfect apricots over the Tuscan hills, watches a family of gorillas grazing deep in the Congolese brush, has her heart broken one last time on a bridge in Lyon, and, ultimately, finds a path to life and joy. Told with insight and intimacy, and radiating with warmth and humor, The Measure of My Powers is an unforgettable experience of the senses."--
Publisher: Vancouver, BC :, Appetite by Random House,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780147530394
Characteristics: 277 pages :,colour illustrations ;,22 cm

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wendybird Jul 11, 2018

Like many avid Canadian readers, I was first drawn to read this after hearing an interview with the author, Jackie Kai Ellis : a memoir full of Paris, pastry and inner turmoil? Sign me up! The next day, I hopped on a plane to Vancouver where, I was startled to learn, I was staying less than 2 ... Read More »


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wendybird Jul 11, 2018

Like many avid Canadian readers, I was first drawn to read this after hearing an interview with the author, Jackie Kai Ellis : a memoir full of Paris, pastry and inner turmoil? Sign me up! The next day, I hopped on a plane to Vancouver where, I was startled to learn, I was staying less than 2 blocks away from "Beaucoup" , the cafe at the very center of Ellis' book.
In spite of the subtitle's warning ("misery.."), the book is a gentle one, clearly the product of much reflection and care. Readers who enjoyed various food, love, and travel mixtures such as "Eat, pray, love", Bourdain, Childs, Jaffrey, or Elizabeth Bard's autobiographies or "The school of essential ingredients (quoted by Ellis) will love this - grab a croissant and some steaming cafe au lait and indulge.
And, for heaven's sake, if you are ever near "Beaucoup", buy an almond croissant and taste the fruit of a lifelong pastry obsession.
For Stratford residents, its worth mentioning that Jackie Kai Ellis will be speaking at the October 2018 Appetite for Words Festival.

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