Authors in the Kitchen
21 Installments—Entirely free
Interviews with 21 bestselling contemporary authors about food, memory, and their experiments in the kitchen.
Food is a powerful force in our memories. It reminds us of our childhoods, our heritages, our loved ones. We share meals with those we care about. They cook us dinner, they gather us around the table, they dance in the kitchen while cleaning up after a meal. The kitchen, the dining room, a picnic blanket—these are the places where life happens around a good meal. An argument, a proposal, a moment shared between sisters. Food has always been and will always be, a central tenet of who we are as people.
These twenty-one authors share with us their early memories, their disasters, their significant moments which took place behind stoves, around a table, while washing dishes at the sink. These are the memories that shape who we are and who we will be, the recipes we inherited and those we will pass on. Whether laugh-out-loud hilarious, deeply nostalgic, or crushingly tragic, the moments that these writers share are all poignant in their own ways, and invoke in the reader their own tender memories.
Lisa See talks about cooking with her grandfather in Los Angeles' Chinatown and shares his Curried Tomato Beef recipe. Azar Nafisi, born and raised in Tehran, remembers cooking in the backyard over slow fires, and shares her popular cold Cucumber Yogurt soup recipe. And Katherine Taylor puzzles over what cocktail she would possibly make were she to run out of gin, but shares her carefully cultivated Limey Gin & Tonic recipe as well.
As M.F.K. Fisher wrote, "Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly."
And yet, cooking can be as light as it is heavy. So as Julia Child said, "Bon Appetit!"
This project was completed as part of the DailyLit Externship Program.
Table of Contents
Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry
Annie Barrows, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Roxana Robinson, author of Cost
Julia Glass, author of I See You Everywhere and Three Junes
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About
Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge
Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Day After Night
Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls
Katherine Taylor, author of Rules for Saying Goodbye
Jonathan Ames, author of The Double Life is Twice as Good
Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around My Neck
Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee
Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life
Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key
Rachel Kushner, author of Telex from Cuba
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Last Night in Montreal
Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying and Love Comes First
Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife
Jason Goodwin, author of The Bellini Card
Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum series
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Copyright 2009 by Megan Halpern. All rights reserved.
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Born in the Netherlands but raised in the Northeast, Megan Halpern is currently a writer and literary publicist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of New York University, and is currently the publicity force behind Melville House, an independent book publisher in the city. When she is not working, writing, or cooking up a storm, Megan can be found exploring Boerum Hill, the neighborhood she holds so dear, accidentally singing along out loud to her iPod. You can keep up with her at megalie.wordpress.com or follow her on twitter @megalie.Back to top
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*Audrey Niffenegger* is the author of the _New York Times_bestseller _The Time Traveler's Wife_, which was recently made into a movie starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. Her next novel, _Her Fearful Symmetry_, will be available from Scribner this fall. After letting her know that of course ...Back to top
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Reviewed by Sunshiny on Mar 14, 2011
This would have been perfect except for the last installment which was only a recipe unlike the very interesting interviews of authors and their experences with food that came before. The last was a letdown. However, most of these installments were excellent.
Reviewed by dreamdust on Dec 1, 2009
Authors in the Kitchen
Wonderful, such a pleasure to read!
Reviewed by tarasingh319 on Oct 29, 2009
Straight to the heart
These interviews are alternately hilarious, touching, informative, poignant, and occasionally bizarre. Megan Halpern gets straight to the heart of the matter, sussing out how food fits into the puzzle of these incredible authors' lives.
Reviewed by gbond006 on Oct 24, 2009
Unless you are die-hard fans of most of these authors, or you are really desperate to know what kinds of food these authors ate as a child, SKIP THIS BOOK. I'm just really glad I didn't spend any money on this. *snore* The only recipe in the book is for a cake... using a boxed cake mix.
Reviewed by jillyink on Oct 29, 2009
a delicious success
i thoroughly enjoyed peeking into the kitchens of these authors. the responses were funny, moving, insightful and at times surprising. while it is clear that some of the authors took the project to heart more than others, all contributed to a wonderful collection that, with a little editing, has the potential to become something bigger and more extended.
bravo on this amazing and beautifully executed idea!
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