Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

by Isabel Vincent
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Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent

“I loved every moment of this book . . . Everyone deserves their own Edward—and everyone deserves to read this book.” —Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire
When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter—who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York—Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life.

As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be.

Dinner with Edward is a book about love and nourishment, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, “sustain us against the hungers of the world.”

“A rare, beautifully crafted memoir that leaves you exhilarated and wanting to live this way. Edward is a marvel of resilience and dignity, and Vincent shows us that the ceremony of food is really a metaphor for love. The key is to live your life generously.” —Rosemary Sullivan, author of Stalin’s Daughter

“Isabel Vincent delves deeply into matters of the kitchen and the heart with equal and unabashed passion . . . Rich with description of meals savored, losses grieved, and moments cherished, it’s at once tender, revealing, and utterly enchanting!” —*Gail Simmons, judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and author of Talking with My Mouth Full  

“One of the most stylish and emotional works of nonfiction I have ever read. I savored every page.” —Bob Colacello, author Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up

“Although the food (I am partial to the roast chicken, lovingly described) is excellent, it is the charming and effortlessly wise company that makes this sweet read a charming way to pass a day.” —George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Bettyville

“Delightfully combining the warm-heartedness of Tuesdays with Morrie with the sensual splendor of Julie and Julia. This is a memoir to treasure.” Booklist, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616206949
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 124,801
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Isabel Vincent is an investigative reporter for the New York Post. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro and before that she covered the conflicts that led to the war in Kosovo. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, L’Officiel, and Time. She is the author of four books: Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World’s Wealthiest Widows; Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas; Hitler’s Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice; and See No Evil: The Strange Case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer. The recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, she has been a journalism fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Vincent won the National Jewish Book Award in Canada for Bodies and Souls and the Yad Vashem Award for Holocaust History for Hitler’s Silent Partners. She grew up in Toronto and speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Today, she lives in New York.

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Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story! There is no swearing and no sex. Great tips for cooking as well. Read the book it is worth it. A feel good tale.
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
I love to read a heart warming non-fiction story and this was such a well written one. Isabel is going through a hard time in her life and was asked by a friend to check on her father once in a while. He's 93 and just lost his beloved wife. What starts out as Isabel going to help out Edward, ends with him helping her as much as she did for him. They developed such a caring friendship despite the years between them. Dinners at his house helped bring them both through tough times. He a real gentleman and offers her wonderful advice over dinner and also by sending her letters. The author will make you fall in love with Edward so much that you'll wish you could have an Edward in your life. The delicious meals he cooked for Isabel were created with love. And created a love for cooking within her. I savored every moment of this book. If you are looking for a memoir about a charming man, an unexpected friendship, and a love for food, this is the perfect one! I definitely recommend it! * I was provided an ARC by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
SLViehl More than 1 year ago
Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent exceeded my expectations in some ways. In others, it pole-vaulted over them. I give it my highest praise for a book that celebrates food, friendship and family: my New Yorker Father, the chef, would have loved this story. About that: Dinner with Edward is not a novel but a memoir, so the female main character is also the author. I didn't realize this fact until after I finished the story and did a little research. Until that point a part of me wondered if it was even plausible that a middle-aged journalist whose marriage was falling to pieces would befriend a nonagenarian mourning the recent loss of his ninety-five year-old wife. Unless Ms. Vincent is lying through her teeth, it seems that it is. If you adore stories of New York, this book will give you plenty to add to your mental library of love. Same goes for you foodies out there; every chapter is headed by a menu almost guaranteed to make you drool. The descriptions of the meals are so well-written that you'll get hungrier with every page. What I enjoyed most were the two main characters, and how they helped each other through their grief simply by having dinner together and talking about life, love, and of course loss. I did wish that the author had made the female main character something other than a journalist, because I never met a journalist I didn't want to slap in the back of the head (remember, I thought it was a novel) but now that I know it's actually her job, I won't smack her. Readers should also prepare for some sadness, especially when Edward talks about the wife he lost. I also had some rough moments when Isabel provided certain details on her disintegrating marriage. It's tough for me to find death or divorce entertaining. That said, it was important for my perception of the characters to know those grim moments, as it magnified the hope and pleasure they gave to each other through their friendship. I think if only we could all know someone like Edward, or Isabel, life wouldn't suck quite so much at times. I received an ARC of this book from Library Thing's Early Reviewer program in return for an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This book started a little slow for me, but once it got going, I could not put it down! There were so many emotions running through this book. Edward had just lost his wife through death and Isabel was losing her husband through divorce. Neither wanted to go on. They both felt there was nothing left until they met. What resulted was a wonderful friendship over the most exquisite dinners (complete with details, don't read hungry) with Edward giving out little hints as to what made everything so good. Yes, this is a "must have tissues" read and I LOVED it. Edward is a very special man and he teaches Isabel a lot about life, love and cooking. I can say while I did shed some tears, it does give a semblance of hope for the rest of us. Thanks Algonquin Books for approving me to read this title and to Net Galley for providing this title in exchange for an honest review.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
Dinner with Edward is a story of love, relationships, and coming together over dinner! This book was a pleasure to read. It is one of those books that will warm your very soul. It is touching, heart-felt, and endearing. It makes you think of how precious life is. It speaks of those rare friendships that we find when we most need them in our lives. It's a story of finding those rare and precious moments in a world full of sorrow. The writing in this book was beautiful! The story was easy to follow and written in a way that was subtle yet provocative. The food will make you want to cook gourmet and pair it with the perfect drink. My mouth watered while reading this book. The story flowed along with ease. The chapters were short and to the point. It take place in New York and is alive with culture. It was educational and I learned a few facts I didn't know about New York and the culture. The characters were magnificent. They were intellectual and charming. The dialogue was short and to the point. The story told itself with out the need for too much conversation. It was a read that made me ponder and reminisce of past relationships whether they were family or lovers. Everyone that we meet has a purpose in our lives whether for a fleeting moment or for a lifetime. This book will make you treasure your loved ones more and maybe even throw a dinner party and bond over food, drinks, and good company. This book was a pleasure to read and a time or two brought a tear to my eye. It will touch your heart and stay with you long after you read it. If you are looking for a read that is pleasurable, heart-warming, and quick you will be pleased with this book. It is a short read with short page, but packs a punch. The perfect book to curl up with while having a glass of wine. Just be prepared to get hungry. You may not want to read on an empty stomach. ;-)