Synopses & Reviews
Eating is the most common way to celebrate in our culture, the most visible way to indulge ourselves. And yet few things have such power over our lives it controls us as consumers, as social animals, as guilty creatures of appetite. Through a lively mixture of history, memoir, sociology and family recipe, Tisdale explores our public and private attitudes about food, drawing a rich portrait of the many forces behind our American appetite and demystifying the everyday miracle of eating.
"Tisdale's forte lies in helping readers to see the big picture...ties together history, folklore, personal anecdote and sharp analysis." Publishers Weekly
"It is impossible to put down this book and pick up a fork without thinking differently about the food before you." San Francisco Chronicle
"Sallie Tisdale takes subjects that might seem mundane or overdone and renders them unforgettable." San Francisco Examiner
"This book reminds us to be mindful of every mouthful." Philadelphia Inquirer
"She's an easy, chatty writer who never says anything the way you're expecting, which makes reading her a pleasure." Boston Globe
About the Author
Tisdale is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine, and a bi-weekly columnist for Salon. She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, a James Phelan Award, a 1999 Pope Foundation Fellowship for journalism, and three National Magazine Award Nominations.