Dinner with Edward (Hardcover)

A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

By Isabel Vincent

Algonquin Books, 9781616204228, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

List Price: 23.95*
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Description

“I loved every moment of this book . . . Everyone deserves their own Edward--and everyone deserves to read this book.” —Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire
 
When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter--who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life.

As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be.

Dinner with Edward is a book about love and nourishment, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, “sustain us against the hungers of the world.”

“A rare, beautifully crafted memoir that leaves you exhilarated and wanting to live this way. Edward is a marvel of resilience and dignity, and Vincent shows us that the ceremony of food is really a metaphor for love. The key is to live your life generously.” —Rosemary Sullivan, author of Stalin’s Daughter

“Isabel Vincent delves deeply into matters of the kitchen and the heart with equal and unabashed passion . . . Rich with description of meals savored, losses grieved, and moments cherished, it’s at once tender, revealing, and utterly enchanting!” —*Gail Simmons, judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and author of Talking with My Mouth Full  

“One of the most stylish and emotional works of nonfiction I have ever read. I savored every page.” —Bob Colacello, author Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up

“Although the food (I am partial to the roast chicken, lovingly described) is excellent, it is the charming and effortlessly wise company that makes this sweet read
a charming way to pass a day.” —George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Bettyville

“Delightfully combining the warm-heartedness of Tuesdays with Morrie with the sensual splendor of Julie and Julia. This is a memoir to treasure.” Booklist, starred review
 


About the Author

Isabel Vincent is an investigative reporter for the New York Post. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro and before that she covered the conflicts that led to the war in Kosovo. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, L’Officiel, and Time. She is the author of four books: Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World’s Wealthiest Widows; Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas; Hitler’s Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice; and See No Evil: The Strange Case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer. The recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, she has been a journalism fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Vincent won the National Jewish Book Award in Canada for Bodies and Souls and the Yad Vashem Award for Holocaust History for Hitler’s Silent Partners. She grew up in Toronto and speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Today, she lives in New York.


Praise For Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

“[Isabel’s] tonic is the example Edward sets of active engagement with the world and its delights, food being chief among them. Who wouldn’t swoon of his dinners? . . . The story of their attachment unfolds like a genial dinner party where the conversation stays on the surface but the food goes deep and the host sets a buoyant tone.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[A] sweet memoir. With each roasted chicken and apple galette, Edward teaches Vincent not only how to cook, but how to savor life." —RealSimple.com

“Life-affirming, with no soppy sentiment. We all should have an Edward . . . [Vincent] does share a few of his cooking secrets. The one for flawless scrambled eggs (I tried it, with great success) is alone worth the price of the book.” —Toronto Star

 “A delightful story . . . It might be Isabel’s growly hard-news background that keeps this book from becoming sweet . . . the book doesn’t go soft. She tells the good, the bad and the difficult, all with an unsentimental but deeply empathetic understanding of Edward, his beloved wife, their nearly 70-year-marriage and his new, diminished life . . . The book is a fast, light read, but it is made poignant . . .” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

 “Vincent’s descriptions of food, written with the sumptuous detail of a restaurant review, are something to savor, as are her recollections of Edward himself and the way he dedicated himself to living after having lost the love of his life. Delightfully combining the warmheartedness of Tuesdays with Morrie with the sensual splendor of Julie and Julia, this is a memoir to treasure.” Booklist, starred review

“Isabel and Edward’s story is about the power of stopping for conversation and a meal . . . richer than another ‘I learned to love food’ story . . . The magic of Dinner with Edward is in wrapping its arms around a moment in the author’s life, a window when friends could live in a big city, and yet still make time for weekly four-course dinners, a world where we pop into a friend’s apartment for a brief chat rather than launching a volley of disappointing texts. It’s a world where the author only spent a year. But it was worthwhile to go back and tell the tale.”—The Globe and Mail

“In Dinner with Edward, Isabel Vincent delves deeply into matters of the kitchen and the heart with equal and unabashed passion. Rich with description of meals savored, losses grieved and moments cherished, it’s at once tender, revealing and utterly enchanting!” —Gail Simmons, judge on Bravo TV’s Top Chef and author of Talking with My Mouth Full  

 “Over mouthwatering dinners, an odd couple—a nonagenarian and a recently divorced reporter—engage in a series of discussions, from the importance of beauty, to living after loss, to the power of love to redeem and renew, to how to make a succulent duck breast. I loved every moment of this book . . . Everyone deserves her own Edward—and everyone deserves to read this book.” —Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire
 
 “A rare, beautifully crafted memoir that leaves you exhilarated and wanting to live this way. Edward is
a marvel of resilience and dignity, and Vincent shows us that the ceremony of food is really a metaphor for love. The key is to live your life generously.” —Rosemary Sullivan, author of Stalin’s Daughter
 
“A dinner with Edward is nothing to demur. Although the food (I am partial to the roast chicken, lovingly described) is excellent, it is the charming, sweet, and effortlessly wise company that makes this sweet read a charming way to pass a day.” —George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Bettyville: A Memoir

“Isabel Vincent’s Dinner with Edward is spare of style and emotion, yet it is one of the most stylish and emotional works of nonfiction I have ever read. I savored every page.” —Bob Colacello, author of Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up