Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table

Amanda Hesser (ed.)

Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table

For several years, food editor Amanda Hesser has showcased the gastronomy-inspired recollections of some of America's leading writers in "The New York Times Magazine". "Eat, Memory" collects twenty-six of the best stories with recipes to accompany them. Ann Patchett confronts her stubbornness in an argument she once had with her then-boyfriend, now husband, over dinner at the Paris restaurant Taillevent. Tom Perrotta explains how his long list of food aversions almost landed him in an East German prison. Gabrielle Hamilton finds that hiring a blind cook leads her into ethical terrain she wasn't prepared to navigate. And poet Billy Collins muses over his relationship with a fish he once ate. Also included are stories by Chang-rae Lee, Patricia Marx, John Burnham Schwartz, George Saunders, Colson Whitehead, Kiran Desai, Pico Iyer and Heidi Julavits, among others. 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table

Omniscore:

Classification Non-fiction
Genre Essays, Journals & Letters, Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 208
RRP £18.99
Date of Publication January 2009
ISBN 978-0393067637
Publisher W. W. Norton & Co.
 

For several years, food editor Amanda Hesser has showcased the gastronomy-inspired recollections of some of America's leading writers in "The New York Times Magazine". "Eat, Memory" collects twenty-six of the best stories with recipes to accompany them. Ann Patchett confronts her stubbornness in an argument she once had with her then-boyfriend, now husband, over dinner at the Paris restaurant Taillevent. Tom Perrotta explains how his long list of food aversions almost landed him in an East German prison. Gabrielle Hamilton finds that hiring a blind cook leads her into ethical terrain she wasn't prepared to navigate. And poet Billy Collins muses over his relationship with a fish he once ate. Also included are stories by Chang-rae Lee, Patricia Marx, John Burnham Schwartz, George Saunders, Colson Whitehead, Kiran Desai, Pico Iyer and Heidi Julavits, among others.

Reviews

The Guardian

Steven Poole

One positive consequence of the global recession might be that there will be less tolerance for placidly belletristic articles about a simply wonderful meal one once scoffed in a darling little Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy. As well as too many of these, the present collection of New York Times columns by various writers also contains memoir-morsels that are more about places...or people than about food. The spiciest dishes are Colson Whitehead explaining why he hates ice-cream...and George Saunders's merciless satire of the whole idea

14/02/2009

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