Synopses & Reviews
"Freelance writer Walsh's memoir starts off with great promise. Her early family history includes both Cuban and Greek roots and foodstuffs as well as Irish alcoholic dysfunctionality. Passion for food and cooking, a constant during the author's broken childhood and adolescence, persisted despite several geographical relocations. Her initial steps toward selfhood included foreign travel and college along with romance sex and drugs. By the time the narrator moves to New York, the narrative devolves into a chronicle of various relationships, harder drugs, various jobs and therapy. Walsh meets a man whom she later marries and who fathers her two children, and after a final, post 9/11 move to New Mexico, they divorce and the narrator remarries, this time a woman. Long-buried family secrets and eating disorders are part of overwrought memoir laced with vivid scenes and finished with. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Recipes and cookbooks, meals and mouthfuls have framed the way Candace Walsh sees the world for as long as she can rememberfrom her traditional, frosting-spackled childhood to her meat-eschewing college years to her post-college phase as a disciple of Martha Stewarts culinary oeuvre. Growing up alternately lavished with and starved from emotional and physical sustenance, Walsh developed a complicated and sometimes unhealthy relationship with food, sex, and love; in Licking the Spoon,
she tells howaccompanied by pivotal recipes, cookbooks, culinary movements, and guidesshe unlearned these harmful patterns and began to make sustaining and nourishing changes in her life. Through the lens of food, Walsh connects her journey from straight-identified wife and mother to sexually fluid divorcée in a same-sex relationship, uncovering revelatory and infectious truths about love, food, and her own sensuality (and throwing in a few recipes for good measure).
A surprising and rambunctiously liberating tale of cooking and eating, loving and being loved, Licking the Spoon is one passionately food-centric womans story of how her evolution as a cook shaped her evolution as a personand taught her to feed her soul, heart, and mind as well as she feeds her belly.
About the Author
has been a freelance writer for almost fifteen years. She has written for many publications, including Blender, New York Magazine, Mademoiselle, Newsday, Sunset, Travel and Leisure, Mothering, German Vogue,
and Food and Wine.
She is also the managing editor of the website My Healing Kitchen, a co-founder of Mamalicious
magazine, and the editor of two Seal Press anthologies: Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women
and Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On.