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Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Partsby Mark Kurlansky
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All-new stories about the food we share, love, and fight over from the national bestselling author of Cod and Salt.
In these linked stories, Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan: food. Through muffins or hot dogs, an indigenous Alaskan fish soup, a bean curd Thanksgiving turkey or potentially toxic crème brulee, a rotating cast of characters learns how to honor the past, how to realize you're not in love with someone any more, and how to forgive. These women and men meet and eat and love, leave and drink and in the end, come together in Seattle as they are as inextricably linked with each other as they are with the food they eat and the wine they drink.
Kurlansky brings a keen eye and unerring sense of humanity to these stories. And throughout, his love and knowledge of food shows just how important a role what we eat plays in our lives.
"Kurlansky (Salt) moves from his acclaimed nonfiction to a linked collection of spotty-quality fiction. Food is the unifying theme, but in the least successful efforts--'CrÃ¨me Brulee,' 'Espresso,' 'Boudin,' and 'Hot Pot'--the foodstuffs are smothered by weak characters that are conveyed with less skill than the often lyrical passages devoted to the victuals. In the better pieces, the sensory and cultural anchors that food provide are gorgeously explored, as in 'Osetra,' which charts the gustatory awakening of a Puerto Rican shoplifter, and 'Menudo' in which a stolid and driven U.S. senator bridges a cultural divide with unexpected tenderness. In a contrarian vein, the sludgy salmon brew of 'The Soup' reinforces the gap between the last speaker of an Alaskan native language and the inept but earnest anthropologist trying to prevent the language from dying out. 'Red Sea Salt,' 'Orangina,' and 'Cholent,' meanwhile, introduce equal measures of comic ridiculousness and sly wit to varying degrees of satisfaction. While certainly lighter than Kurlansky's engrossing nonfiction, this remains a mostly successful consideration of the role food plays in life. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
In these linked stories, Kurlansky ("Cod" and "Salt") reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan: food.
About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is The New York Times bestselling and James Beard Award-winning author of many books. He is also the winner of a Bon Apétit American Food and Entertaining Award for "Food Writer of the Year," the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award for Food Book of the Year, and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
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