The New Great American Writers Cookbook

The New Great American Writers Cookbook

by Dean Faulkner Wells, Julia Reed
     
 

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Published in 1981, The Great American Writers Cookbook was a treasure trove of recipes submitted by the country's most celebrated authors. This all-new collection, a fine follow-up for a new era, features recipes that range from peanut butter sandwiches to eggplant caviar, with dishes-and anecdotes-offered by writers of every imaginable stripe, ethnicity,

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Published in 1981, The Great American Writers Cookbook was a treasure trove of recipes submitted by the country's most celebrated authors. This all-new collection, a fine follow-up for a new era, features recipes that range from peanut butter sandwiches to eggplant caviar, with dishes-and anecdotes-offered by writers of every imaginable stripe, ethnicity, region, and culture in America.

Contemporary novelists such as National Book Award winners Jonathan Franzen and the late, great Bernard Malamud share space with columnists Dave Barry, P. J. O'Rourke, and Christopher Buckley, with journalists and novelists Andrei Codrescu, Anna Quindlen, and John Berendt, and with poet and novelist Sandra Cisneros. The interspersing of recipes from older and younger generations reveals cookery as creatively diverse as the writings from David Guterson, T. C. Boyle, Elizabeth McCracken, and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

This unusually tangy assortment of more than 150 recipes runs the gamut from tofu to heart-clogging chili. Writers play fast and loose with ingredients and forewarn readers planning to try them that some of the most seductive recipes are loaded with cholesterol. With such temptations as "Thighs of Delight," "Crevettes Désir," a "sexy spaghetti sauce," and a lemon icebox pie that allegedly elicits proposals of marriage, the recipes-and stories revealing their origins-is enticing, bizarre, and promisingly tasty.

The collection gives particular emphasis to contemporary southern writers-Padgett Powell, Jack Butler, Larry Brown, Ellen Gilchrist, and Josephine Humphreys, among others, although their recipes are often far from being quintessentially "Southern."

Scintillating with writerly antics and witty histories as transfixing as the recipes themselves, The New Great American Writers Cookbook is not just for daring cooks. It's also a collector's item for food-doting lovers of American literature.

Dean Faulkner Wells lives and writes in Oxford, Mississippi. She is the editor of The Great American Writers Cookbook, The Best of Bad Faulkner, The Great American Politicians Cookbook, and Ghosts of Rowan Oak. Her work has been published in the Paris Review, Parade, Playboy, Ladies' Home Journal, Southern Living, and other periodicals.

Julia Reed is a senior writer at Vogue and a contributor to the New York Times magazine, writing about food.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Descriptions of food in literature and writers sharing their favorite recipes serve as the foundation for two different yet equally entertaining cookbooks. In their quirky The Booklover's Cookbook, chefs Wenger and Jensen preface more than 170 recipes with excerpts that mention that particular food. Both the recipes and the novels/nonfiction works from which they are taken vary from classic (Mr. Casaubon's Chicken Noodle Soup from George Eliot's Middlemarch) to contemporary (Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole from Elizabeth Berg's Open House). Short quotes from authors on writing or books are also deftly sprinkled among the recipes. Readers with an interest in cooking will find plenty to amuse and tempt them in this terrific book, which gracefully combines literary descriptions with culinary delights. The editor of several books (including the 1981 first edition of this one), Wells collects more than 150 new recipes from a diverse selection of contemporary writers, journalists, and poets, running the gamut from drinks to desserts. Those authors who include a paragraph or short essay about their selection succeed in beautifully reflecting their style. From Ellen Gilchrist's advice on giving a dinner party to Kate Lehrer's Devil's Food Cake, these supplementary bits of text, along with pithy quotes from writers who declined to contribute, add just the right dash of wit and humor to a truly enjoyable cookbook. Both titles are recommended for public libraries, especially those with patrons who have an interest in literature or the culinary arts.-John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578065899
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.89(d)

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