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- DescriptionWhether a five-star chef or beginning home cook, any gourmand kws that recipes are far more than a set of instructions on how to make a dish. They are culture-keepers as well as culture-makers, both recording memories and fostering new ones. Organized like a cookbook, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food: from an invocation to a final toast, from starters to desserts. All food literatures are indebted to the form and purpose of cookbooks, and each section begins with an excerpt from an influential American cookbook, progressing chrologically from the late 1700s through the present day, including such favorites as American Cookery, the Joy of Cooking, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The literary works within each section are an extension of these cookbooks, while the cookbook excerpts in turn become pieces of literature-forms of storytelling and memory-making all their own. Each section offers a delectable assortment of poetry, prose, and essays, and the selections all include at least one tempting recipe to entice readers to cook this book. Including writing from such tables as Maya Angelou, James Beard, Alice B. Toklas, Sherman Alexie, Nora Ephron, M.F.K. Fisher, and Alice Waters, among many others, Books That Cook reveals the range of ways authors incorporate recipes-whether the recipe flavors the story or the story serves to add spice to the recipe. Books That Cook is a collection to serve students and teachers of food studies as well as any epicure who enjoys a good meal alongside a good book.
- Author BiographyMelissa A. Goldthwaite is Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University, where she teaches writing. Jennifer Cognard-Black is Professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she teaches creative writing, women's literature, and the novel. Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University as well as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. Nestle is the author of three prize-winning books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, and What to Eat.
- Author(s)Melissa Goldthwaite
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2014
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Note8 black & white illustrations
- Weight626 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byJennifer Cognard-Black,Marion Nestle
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