Life Is Meals (Paperback)
A Food Lover's Book of Days
Knopf Publishing Group, 9780375711398, 464pp.
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
The menu on the "Titanic" on the fatal night
Reflections on dining from Queen Victoria, JFK, Winnie the Pooh, Garrison Keillor, and many others
The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the perfect martini
How to decide whom to invite to a dinner party and whom not to
John Irving's family recipe for meatballs; Balzac's love of coffee
The greatest dinner ever given at the White House
Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m.
Sophisticated as well as practical, opinionated, and indispensable, "Life Is Meals" is a tribute to the glory of food and drink, and the joy of sharing them with others. The meal is the emblem of civilization, the Salters observe. What would one know of life as it should be lived, or nights as they should be spent, apart from meals?
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Praise For Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days…
“Wholly compelling . . . The fruit of a lifetime of informed and opinionated eating.” —Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
“Thumbs-up . . . I recommend reading it in one fell swoop.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Pays homage to great writers, great meals, great conversations and essential ingredients . . . A bastion of civilization, protection from all kinds of heavy weather.” —Los Angeles Times
“A remarkable marriage of food book and life-well-lived memoir . . . This most unusual book is to be savored again and again.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer