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"Named after her James Beard Award-winning blog, "Poor Man's Feast" is Altman's smart yet tender tale of her gastronomical and spiritual evolution.... Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, this is one of the finest food memoirs of recent years." - New York Times Book Review
"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." - Publisher's Weekly
"Smart, funny, and unflinchingly real, Elissa Altman writes like no one else. Poor Man's Feast is a reminder of the richness in simplicity, an invitation to a table set with wine and warm tomato sandwiches - a brave, generous story about family, food, and finding the way home." Molly Wizenberg, A Homemade Life and Orangette
"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 Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
"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 Publications
The 2012 James Beard Award-winner for her blog, PoorMansFeast.com, Elissa Altman is author of the critically-acclaimed 2013 memoir, Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking. A longtime food writer and editor who has been described as "the lovechild of David Sedaris and M.F.K. Fisher," Altman, in everything she writes, explores the intersection of food, family, and culture in all its outrageous eccentricity; her work has appeared everywhere from Saveur to Zester, the New York Times, Prevention, Spencer Magazine, and elsewhere. She appears regularly on National Public Radio, and attributes her affinity for the table to her mother, singer Rita Ellis Hammer, who, every single time she prepared lamb chops for Altman, set them ablaze.
Altman lives in Newtown Connecticut with her partner, book designer Susan Turner.