Slices of Life
Slices of Life
A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum
By Leah Eskin
Running Press Book Publishers, Hardcover, 9780762452705, 408pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Bad Haircut Kale Chips. Post-ER Roast Chicken. New Baby Risotto. Frantic Dinner-Party Calming Soup. These are some of the dishes that food writer Leah Eskin has turned out during her years of raising two children, enduring one dog, and tending her marriage. She's also nurtured her ten-year-old food column, "Home on the Range," providing a recipe and accompanying vignette in the Chicago Tribune every week. Slices of Life transforms those columns into a memoir that readers can savor in small or large bites. It's a compilation of more than 200 recipes, with a generous helping of the life stories that happened along the way: moving-day potatoes, summer-vacation apricot pie, dead-microwave ratatouille, sullen-child oatmeal squares. Whether preparing recipes for disaster or delight, Leah Eskin has made it all delicious.
“For charm, you can’t beat Leah Eskin’s memoir and cookbook, Slices of Life. [Eskin] brings an irreverent humor, cool precision, and gustatory gusto to her accounts of American family life.”
“This book bubbles over with Leah's love of food, and her belief in the
profound importance of eating—and cooking—together with family and friends. The recipes are great, too!”
—Ted Allen, host of the Food Network's Chopped
“Leah Eskin's recipes are seamlessly interwoven into her reminiscences, vignettes of domestic life, and culinary aperçus, and the result is as charming as it is practical.”
—Colman Andrews, editorial director of TheDailyMeal.com
“Leah Eskin's writing is like her food--honest, heartfelt, and tremendously appealing. She writes about the challenges of modern family life with wit and good humor, and firmly believes that good food will make any day better.”
—Jack Bishop, editorial director of PBS’ America's Test Kitchen
“Reading Leah Eskin’s columns one by one is a pleasure; reading this collection from start to finish is a joy. It’s also proof that the sum is much greater than the parts, even when the parts are terrific. Smart, honest, literate, funny – very funny – and packed with recipes for happy days and calamitous ones, Slices of Life is bound to find a place in your heart and your kitchen.”
—Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table
“ A recipe is always better when preceded by a story. And here's a whole cookbook of recipes preceded by stories. I'd be anxious enough to try these recipes (hello Emergency Cherry Pie and Cheerful Risotto and Beach House Spaghetti and Cowboy Cookies), but now I'm desperate to. The only thing bad about this cookbook is you can't decide what to make first.
—Elizabeth Berg, author of Tapestry of Fortunes
“This heartfelt diary filled with touching bites of everyday life, whisked together with do-able daily recipes that really work, make this book a must-read. It’s filled with accounts of real life problems and dilemmas, made easier to swallow by combating them with food and cooking. But bring a tissue, you’ll feel so much joy reading this, you’ll cry.
—Gale Gand, James Beard award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author, and television personality