Slice of Life: Writing on Food

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A Slice of Life is a collection of contemporary food writing that readers can really sink their teeth into: one that examines the ineluctable link between nourishment, literature, and society. Represented here are some of the world's best known writers, many of whom-like Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Anthony Bourdain-are well known for their alimentary musings, while others, like Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag are better known for their writings in other genres; all speak eloquently on the nature of food, ...
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Overview

A Slice of Life is a collection of contemporary food writing that readers can really sink their teeth into: one that examines the ineluctable link between nourishment, literature, and society. Represented here are some of the world's best known writers, many of whom-like Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Anthony Bourdain-are well known for their alimentary musings, while others, like Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag are better known for their writings in other genres; all speak eloquently on the nature of food, language, and the adaptability of social customs.

Organized into chapters addressing descriptions of actual meals, autobiographical memories, the cultural spectacle of eating, the concept of want, the celebration of good food, and the philosophical, spiritual, and ethical aspects of food, author Bonnie Marranca has cooked up a tempting meal of writing that reflect on how the consumption of food-or the lack of it-takes on larger social significance. Charles Simic eulogizes tomatoes and questions bioengineering, Wole Soyinka delves into the nature of fasting, Umberto Eco declaims on in-flight dining, and Emily Prager reminisces, in an original essay, about Swedish food and the rejuvenating possibilities of a trip to Ikea-among others.

Garnishing the feast are Marranca's tantalizing introduction and Betty Fussell's meditation on the essential connection between food, existence, and writing. A Slice of Life is a banquet that readers will savor through its many courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585674725
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Marranca is the editor of American Garden Writing and The Hudson Valley Lives and has written extensively about the theater. The recipient of many awards and fellowships, she divides her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley. Betty Fussell writes frequently about food for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Vogue. Her many books include I Hear America Cooking and My Kitchen Wars.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Theatre of Food 13
Introduction: Eating My Words 22
Intimate Cuisine 31
W is for Wanton 35
Chopsticks 41
Francs and Beans 43
Swedish Food 46
Holiday Meals 49
How to Eat in Flight 55
Writing in Restaurants 57
My Mother's Blue Bowl 62
One 65
The Quest for Pie 73
Don't Squeeze the Tomatoes! 81
A Balatoni Fogas to Start With 88
Meatless Days 105
Israel - Forging a National Style with Gefilte Fish and Couscous 113
Plight du Jour 119
Meat 125
Restauration: The Art of Eating Returns to Russia 133
Remembrance of Wines Past 147
Naturally 153
About the Television Series 171
In My Market 176
Growing Beans 185
Confessions of a Stand-up Sausage Eater 194
The Crisis in French Cooking 201
Cooking in the Nude 212
From Our Kitchen to Your Table 218
St. Joseph's Bread 227
A Winter Feast 236
In Memory of Their Feelings 250
Our Daily Bread: On the Triumph of American Gastrosophy 259
Non-Vintage Years 268
What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat 271
In Memory's Kitchen 277
A Plea for Culinary Modernism: Why We Should Love Modern, Fast, Processed Food 289
Vegging Out 302
The Reporter's Kitchen: A Recipe for Writing 311
Enough Jam for a Lifetime 324
The Farm-Restaurant Connection 328
Soups 337
Last Year I Ate... 342
Feeding Your Critter 349
Fresh Herbs 355
Olive Heaven 361
Blind Faith 370
Chocolate, Catholicism, Ancien Regime 375
Why Do I Fast? 379
God in Crumbs 383
What'd You People Call That? 386
A Spiritual Meal Guideline 392
Edible Ecriture 396
Funerals 401
The Pleasures of Eating 405
About the Authors 411
Permissions 419
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