Poor Man's Feast
A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking
By Elissa Altman
(Chronicle Books (CA), Hardcover, 9781452107592, 287pp.)
Publication Date: March 2013
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But love does strange things to people, and when Elissa met Susan a small-town Connecticut Yankee with parsimonious tendencies and a devotion to simple living it would change Elissa's relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. With tender and often hilarious honesty (and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man's Feast is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.
"...a brave, generous story about family, food, and finding the way home." -Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life
"Who wrote the book of love? Elissa Altman did. Poignant, funny and full of wisdom, every single page should be savored." - Tracey Ryder, founder and CEO of Edible Communities
"The author--a New York editor, cook, and award-winning blogger--artfully merges relationship narrative, personal history, and food memoir in this satisfying book. . . . luminous writing brings many stories small and large to feed the heart." - Publishers Weekly
"Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, this is one of the finest food memoirs of recent years." - The New York Times Book Review
"Poor Man's Feast is two overlapping love stories. It is a pleasure to get to live both at Altman's joyously, irreverently laid table." - Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal
"Poor Man's Feast is a wild ride with biting highs, withering lows, and tremendous wit and humor. But throughout, there is a great tenderness that is so consistently warm and moving that when the end came, as it was bound to, I found myself searching for even just a bit more, like picking up especially divine pastry crumbs with a moistened fingertip, before gently closing the covers. A beautiful story." - Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
"...one of the finest food memoirs of recent years." - Dawn Drzal, The New York Times