Starting from Scratch: Memoirs of a Wandering Cook

Starting from Scratch: Memoirs of a Wandering Cook

by Patty Kirk


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Starting from Scratch: Memoirs of a Wandering Cook by Patty Kirk

A captivating memoir from a cook who's traveled across the globe cooking, tasting, and enjoying good food.

Patty Kirk has always loved food: eating it, cooking it, sharing it, talking about it. At six, she scrambled the last of the family's vacation provisions over the camp fire and concocted a delicacy-eggs with bacon and onions. Overnight she became the family cook and discovered a lifelong passion for cooking that accompanied her through decades of roaming and finally to the farm in Oklahoma where she now lives. Starting from Scratch narrates Kirk's wanderings in the U.S. and abroad from a culinary perspective, sounding the spiritual, political, and emotional depths of Brillat-Savarin's famous observation, "Tell me what you eat; I'll tell you who you are." In this candid and engaging food memoir---complete with recipes!---good food beckons from the past as well as the future: surrounding us, eluding us, drawing us, defining us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785220473
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patty Kirk is the author of Confessions of an Amateur Believer. She is Writer in Residence and an adjunct associate professor of English at John Brown University. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and has taught and/or studied in Berlin, Beijing, Hong Kong, Boston, New Orleans, and Irvine, California. She and her family live on a farm in eastern Oklahoma.

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