Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers Review

This collection of intimate essays by some of America's most well-regarded writers explores how food can help us cope in dark times―whether it be the loss of a parent, the loneliness of moving to a new country, the heartache of an unexpected breakup, or the fear of coming out. Luscious, full-color illustrations by Meryl Rowin are woven throughout, and accompanying each story is a recipe from the writer’s own kitchen.

Lev Grossman explains how he survived on “sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey” General Tso’s tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes learning to care for herself during her confusing young adulthood, beginning with nearly setting her kitchen on fire. 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, served with buttered egg noodles” for her family. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie remembers a childhood friend―who later died as a soldier in Nigeria―with a pot of fragrant jollof rice. 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.

Title:Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers
Edition Language:English

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    Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers Reviews

  • Patricia

    I found this book very comforting for myself. These are moments of grief or sadness that various writers have experienced with comforts foods which made them feel better. I quite enjoyed reading this ...

  • The Artisan Geek

    ------------------VIDEO REVIEW------------------If you're interested in seeing me use a couple of these recipes and review the book, you can check out my video review :) 28/11/19Such an emotional and ...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    This collection features intimate essays from incredible writers — including Alexander Chee, Melissa Febos, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laura Van Den Berg — sharing the comfort foods that helped get...

  • tinabel

    A wonderful and lovely collection of short autobiographical stories, centered around one of my favourite things—food! Complete with easy, homey recipes and reminisces about life and love, happiness,...

  • Charlott

    3,5Eat Joy is an anthology bringing together a great group of writers reminiscing about comfort food, food memories, and food which nurtures and sustains. It focusses on the simple meals. Broken up in...

  • Rachel Watkins

    Humans have an intimate relationship with food. EAT JOY gives us the stories of some of our most beloved writers as they share big moments in their lives and the recipes that were a part of it. Coveri...

  • Melissa

    A charming (and sometimes heart-breaking or heart-warming depending on subject) collection of essays and recipes from respected authors like Alexander Chee, Porochista Khakpour, Lev Grossman, Carmen M...

  • Alice

    This book was a delight! The essays are each different, and each is accompanied by a recipe. Sometimes the recipe is simple (pour into bowl, eat) or very complicated (two pages long!), and each recipe...

  • Ellyn Lem

    I knew that I was going to enjoy this book from the start since it was a collection of writers that I am familiar with (e.g.,. Edwidge Danticat, Mailie Meloy, etc.) writing about intense food memories...

  • Sam

    2.5ish? Which I'm rounding up to 3 because of Colum McCann.This is a book of essays about comfort food (and accompanying recipes). But it feels inconsistent. Some of the essays are beautiful and poign...