A glorious survey of food writing from the classical world to the present.
Edited by influential literary critic Sandra M. Gilbert and award-winning restaurant critic and professor of English Roger Porter, Eating Words gathers food writing of literary distinction and vast historical sweep into one groundbreaking volume. Beginning with the taboos of the Old Testament and the tastes of ancient Rome, and including travel essays, polemics, memoirs, and poems, the book is divided into sections such as âFood Writing Through History,â âAt the Family Hearth,â âHunger Games: The Delight and Dread of Eating,â âKitchen Practices,â and âFood Politics.â
Selections from writings by Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Buford, Michael Pollan, Molly OâNeill, Calvin Trillin, and Adam Gopnik, along with works by authors not usually associated with gastronomyâMaxine Hong Kingston, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Hemingway, Chekhov, and David Foster Wallaceâenliven and enrich this comprehensive anthology. âWe are living in the golden age of food writing,â proclaims Ruth Reichl in her preface to this savory banquet of literature, a must-have for any food lover. Eating Words shows how right she is.---
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