The Kitchen Reader: Eat, Memory

March 31, 2010

This month’s selection for The Kitchen Reader is Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table. The book is a collection of essays from the New York Times, edited by Amanda Hesser.

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.

Want to see what others thought of this book? Pop over to The Kitchen Reader to see the blogroll!


  1. I’m the same way–I see recipes that look good, but it always seems to be wrong time of year, busy week at work, etc.

  2. What a great-looking book – and just the right amount of content. Anyone can handle 4 pages. 🙂 Especially if you’re baking or cooking while reading! Thanks for the link!

  3. sounds like a great read. i’m always looking for a good one without a lot of commitment!

  4. I really like reading essays and this looks like an interesting book!

  5. I definitely had my favorites in this book-and it was an easy read!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!:)

  6. Ok, one of these days I’m going to read a book! I keep meaning to, and every time I go to the library I forget. Grrr!

  7. Sounds like a good read, need to get my hands on this one and give it a go!

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