Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History

Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History

by Mark Kurlansky

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Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History by Mark Kurlansky

Choice Cuts features more than two hundred pieces, from Cato to Cab Calloway. Here are essays by Plato on the art of cooking . . . Pablo Neruda on french fries . . . Alice B. Toklas on killing a carp . . . M. F. K. Fisher on the virility of Turkish desserts . . . Alexandre Dumas on coffee . . . W. H. Auden on Icelandic food . . . Elizabeth David on the downward march of English pizza . . . Claude Lévi-Strauss on "the idea of rotten" . . . James Beard on scrambled eggs . . . Balzac, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Chekhov, and many other famous gourmands and gourmets, accomplished cooks, or just plain ravenous writers on the passions of cuisine.

Presented by subject-including as "Food and Sex," "Bread," "Rants," and "Dessert" -- and illustrated with Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings as well as classic photographs, Choice Cuts also features such curios as a first-century dinner invitation, "The Story of Crisco" (circa 1913), and "Gelatin Hints from Knox Dainty Dishes for Delicate People." In short, his wonderful collection, like the very best meal, is both nutritious and delicious.

"Every once in awhile a writer of particular skills takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight." That's how David McCullough described Mark Kurlansky's Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, a work that revealed how a meal can be as important as it is edible. Salt: A World History, its successor, did the same for a seasoning, and confirmed Kurlansky as one of our most erudite and entertaining food authors. Now, the winner of the James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing shares a varied selection of "choice cuts" by others, as he leads us on a mouthwatering culinary tour around the world and through history and culture from the fifth century B.C. to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099449973
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2004

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, NY

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1948

Place of Birth:

Hartford, CT

Education:

Butler University, B.A. in Theater, 1970

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