Stories From the Kitchen

Stories From the Kitchen

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"Stories from the Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind anthology of classic tales showcasing the culinary arts, from across the centuries and around the world. Here is a mouthwatering smorgasbord of stories with food in the starring role, by a range of masters of fiction--from Dickens and Chekhov to Isaac Bashevis Singer, from Shirley Jackson to Jim Crace and Amy Tan. These richly varied selections offer tastes as decadent as caviar and as humble as cherry pie. They dazzle with the sumptuous extravagance of Isak Dinesen's "Babette's Feast" and console with a prisoner's tender final meal in Gunter Grass's The Flounder. Choice tidbits from famous novels make an appearance: the triumphant boeuf en daube served in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Marcel Proust's rhapsodic memories of the family cook preparing asparagus in Remembrance of Things Past, & Émile Zola's outrageously sensual "cheese symphony" scene from The Belly of Paris. Here, too, are over-the-top amuse-bouches by Gerald Durrell, Nora Ephron, and T. C. Boyle; a touching short story about food and love by food writer M. F. K. Fisher; and a delightful account of the perfect meal by eighteenth-century epicure Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who wrote "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." From a barrel of oysters endowed with powers of seduction to a dish of stewed tripe liberally spiced with vengeance, the literary confections assembled here will tantalize, entice, and satisfy literary gourmands everywhere"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
ISBN: 9781101907597
1101907592
Branch Call Number: Cooking 641.013 Sto
Additional Contributors: Tesdell, Diana Secker

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" He had often heard of his father speak of a restaurant called Larne. He had no idea of where it was, so he took a taxi." "David cleared the table and poured the coffee, and as he was setting the coffeepot back on the stove Marcia said, ' My doorbell's ringing.' " " Winston Churchill was fond of saying that the Chinese ideogram for 'crisis' is composed of the two characters which separately mean 'danger' and 'opportunity.' " " 'Lily, it's never going to work.' Elizabeth stood in front of her mirror. ' Just boil her some potatoes and be done with it.' ' Potatoes,' said Lillian." Despite the title, the subject of these stories is not the art of cooking, or serving food, or fine cuisine. The opportunity for the reader is to sample the wares of some of the greatest international writers, in stories one is not likely to have encountered, before. Jump at it! I did.

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