Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers
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This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America's most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times-be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, the pain of heartache, or the fear of coming out. Accompanying each story is a recipe from the writer's own kitchen. Lev Grossman explains how he survived on "sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey" General Tso's tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties, beginning with nearly setting her kitchen on fire, then later by perfecting basil pesto. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make "a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin, served with buttered egg noodles" for her family. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie remembers a childhood friend-who later died as a soldier in Sierra Leone-with a pot of fragrant jollof rice. What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.
ISBN: 9781936787746 (electronic bk.)