The Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food

The Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food

by Sallie Tisdale


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The Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food by Sallie Tisdale

Eating is the most common way to celebrate in our culture, the most visible way to indulge ourselves. And yet few things have such power over our lives-it controls us as consumers, as social animals, as guilty creatures of appetite. Through a lively mixture of history, memoir, sociology and family recipe, Tisdale explores our public and private attitudes about food, drawing a rich portrait of the many forces behind our American appetite and demystifying the everyday miracle of eating.

It is impossible to put down this book and pick up a fork without thinking differently about the food before you. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Sallie Tisdale takes subjects that might seem mundane or overdone and renders them unforgettable. (San Francisco Examiner)

This book reminds us to be mindful of every mouthful. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

She's an easy, chatty writer who never says anything the way you're expecting, which makes reading her a pleasure. (Boston Globe)

Tisdale's forte lies in helping readers to see the big picture...ties together history, folklore, personal anecdote and sharp analysis.... (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Author Bio: The recipient of an NEA fellowship, a James Phelan Award, a Pope Foundation fellowship, and three National Magazine Award nominations, Sallie Tisdale is the author of five books and has contributed to such publications as The New Yorker, Vogue, and The New Republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573221306
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2000
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sallie Tisdale is the author of five books, including Talk Dirty to Me. A contributing editor at Harper's magazine, and a biweekly columnist for Salon, she has published numerous articles in The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, The New Republic, Esquire, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, a James Phelan Award, a 1999 Pope Foundation Fellowship for journalism, and three National Magazine Award nominations. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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