Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad

Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad

by Doris Friedensohn
ISBN-10:
0813124026
ISBN-13:
9780813124025
Pub. Date:
06/15/2006
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky

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Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad

What do we learn from eating? About ourselves? Others? In this unique memoir of a life shaped by the pleasures of the table, Doris Friedensohn uses eating as an occasion for inquiry. Munching on quesadillas and kimchi in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, she reflects on her exploration of food over fifty years and across four continents. Relishing couscous in Tunisia and khachapuri in the Republic of Georgia, she explores the ways strangers come together and maintain their differences through food. As a young woman, Friedensohn was determined not to be a provincial American. Chinese, French, Mexican, and Mediterranean cuisines beckoned to her like mysterious suitors. She responded, pursuing suckling pig, snails, baba ghanoush, tripe, jellyfish, and anything with rosemary or cumin. Each rendezvous with an unfamiliar food was a celebration of cosmopolitan living. Friedensohn's memories range from Thanksgiving at a Middle Eastern restaurant to the taste of fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca. Her wry dramas of the dining room, restaurant, market, and kitchen ripple with tensions — political, religious, psychological, and spiritual. Eating as I Go is one woman's distinctive mélange of memoir, traveler's tale, and cultural commentary.

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ISBN-13: 9780813124025
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 06/15/2006
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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