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I am always drawn to a book that brings together good writing and good food. Add the word “comfort” and this book becomes necessary reading for 2020. This edited collection brings together writers as diverse as Mira Jacob, Carmen Maria Machado, Anthony Doerr, and Colum McCann and the essays do exactly as they say they will: bring the reader (eater) both comfort and joy.
Naively, I didn’t even consult a recipe first, just bought some tomatoes and garlic and onion and threw them, chopped up together, in a pan. Over the years, I learned, slowly, to do better than that. I learned where the ingredients came from. The order of things. Learning how to cook better was like learning how to be better.
-Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen
"Eat Joy is the most lovely food essay book... This is the perfect gift." --Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker)
Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by Martha Stewart Living
"Magnificent illustrations add spirit to recipes and heartfelt narratives. Plan to buy two copies--one for you and one for your best foodie friend." --Taste of Home
This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America's most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times--be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.
Lev Grossman explains how he survived on "sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey" General Tso's tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make "a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin." What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.
"If you've ever felt a deep, emotional connection to a recipe or been comforted by food during a dark time, you'll fall in love with these stories."--Martha Stewart Living