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

  • Julie Ehlers

    That I started reading Eat Joy on the first full day of pandemic lockdown was no coincidence. In those days of raw uncertainty (as opposed to these days of weary uncertainty) what could be more appeal...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Debbi

    I love so many of the writers who contributed to this anthology I was prepared for the book to be one of my favorites. Sadly I wasn't moved by the short pieces that mentioned food but weren't really g...

  • mindful.librarian ??

    (free review copy) A remarkable collection of food writing from a group of writers I highly respect. Just getting to read their short form writing all in one volume was a treat....

  • 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...