The Kitchen Reader: Eat, MemoryMarch 31, 2010
I enjoy reading essays, and I especially enjoyed this book. Each essay is about four pages long, so if you don’t like it, you’re almost finished! But if you do like it, you’re almost finished too! Yes, these are really short, and I believe it’s an art to tell a story using so few words.
“I have gradually realized that there is consolation to be found in any baked good that calls for more than one stick of butter.” That quote is from Eau God, by Henry Alford. This essay, about Alford’s trip to Morocco, was one of my favorites, and one that I had read before. I had never forgotten it, and was so happy to read the first few words and realize that it was the story I remembered enjoying so much when I read it in the New York Times Magazine.
Another favorite essay was Bean There, Tucker Carlson’s story of working at the B&M baked bean factory in college. There are funny stories, touching stories, sad stories, each ending with a recipe. As with all of the books I’ve read for The Kitchen Reader, I did not make any of the recipes from the book. The timing never seems to work out for me. Someday, though, I will have a write-up and a recipe.
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