Let Us Eat Cake Adventures in Food and Friendship (Paperback)
|Author: Sharon Boorstin|
|One day when looking through an old desk she'd bought as a newlywed 30 years ago, restaurant critic and food writer Sharon Boorstin found a notebook of recipes she had compiled at that time -- now-vintage recipes from her mother, aunts, and other family and friends. The discovery of the notebook led her to remember and reconnect with the recipe givers -- some of whom she hadn't seen in years -- and inspired her to think about the power of cooking and food to make connections in the lives of all women.|
In Let Us Eat Cake, Boorstin has written a powerful memoir that celebrates these connections among the women in her life, from her grandmother -- a completely improvisational cook -- to famous women chefs she has met through the years. With dozens of delicious recipes from memorable times in Boorstin's life and the lives of others, this moving book will inspire readers to remember and cherish their own experiences with food and friends.
From the Publisher:
A respected restaurant critic describes the intimate connections she has made with the women cooks in her life, from the female members of her family to the famous women chefs she met throughout the course of her career. Reprint.
Every woman has poignant food memories: the times she licked the bowl when her mother baked a cake, or helped her grandmother make blintzes, tortillas, or Southern fried chicken. And how about the times she and her girlfriends baked chocolate-chip cookies or, later, prepared elaborate dinners to impress potential husbands?
One day when looking through an old desk she'd bought as a newlywed thirty years earlier, food writer and restaurant critic Sharon Boorstin discovered a notebook of recipes she'd collected from her mother, relatives, and girlfriends at the time. It inspired her to reconnect with the recipe givers -- some of whom she hadn't seen in years -- and to explore the power of cooking and food in establishing bonds among women.
Let Us Eat Cake celebrates these connections. As a young girl, Boorstin helped her mother make tuna casseroles; on a college trip to Europe, she and her girlfriends compared men and restaurants with equal zest; after she became a food writer, Boorstin bonded with women in the food world including Barbara Lazaroff (Mrs. Wolfgang) Puck, the Too Hot Tamales, and Julia Child. Today, after decades of enjoying food and cooking together, Boorstin and the women in her life have come to understand what truly makes for female friendships.
With dozens of delicious recipes and vintage photos, this moving book will inspire readers to remember and cherish their own experiences with food, family, and friends.
"A restaurant critic and food writer's engaging recollections: part memoir, part cookbook....Bon appetit to readers who...will enjoy the cheerful anecdotes and the memorable dishes." 02/01/2002