Some favorite food writers and authors contribute to this gentle, entertaining study of food relationships. Set for release this Thursday July 19, the collection of shorts is overall more observant in tone than sentimental. Many of the pieces read like road trips, where eventually the protagonist ends up at this "place"--unaccompanied and pondering what to eat--and finding Discovery within.
Laurie Colwin writes the first and title story, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, and she's funny--always a good thing. Last in the book, her daughter Rosa Jurjevics gives an entirely different and charming point of view in Food Nomad. In between, we enjoy the brief and satisfying company of M.F.K. Fisher, Jonathan Ames, Anne Patchett, Paula Wolfert and many others.
Yet the one that has proven unforgettable is Instant Noodles by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. The immigrant experience and rising above circumstance while developing one's soul and humanity ...powerful themes, beautifully unraveled through the filter of food.
Each has been kept
to a brief jolt of ten or so pages, a perfect fit for the F train
jaunt from Brooklyn to Rockefeller Center, while standing.