Sunday, March 21, 2010

Food Memoirs

Writing in the food memoir genre has burgeoned in recent years, and there are lots of interesting and amusing books to choose from—including the "Eat" section of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone and its sequel, Julia Child's posthumous My Life in France, and many others. I like this quote from Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life—which, admittedly, I have not read (yet):
When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be.
What are your favorites in the food memoir genre?

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