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Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table: A Collection of Essays from the New York Times Hardcover – November 17, 2008
"100 Million Years of Food" by Stephen Le
A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. Learn more
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The combinations are infinite, the connections of food and memory profound, at least in the words of the authors in this unique book: Dorothy Allison, Chang-Rae Lee, Billy Collins, Yiyun Li, Patricia Marx, Tucker Carlson, Kiran Desai, Pico Iyer, Manil Suri, Allan Shawn. Like recipes, these essays are deeply personal, filled with the ebb and flow of emotional nuance and the way memory inserts itself into life and writing in the most intimate manner. Like any complexity, food is loaded with emotion, smell evoking a stream of long-buried associations, sometimes comforting, occasionally painful. By sharing their recollections with readers, we have an opportunity to open our imaginations and embrace these experiences, to add them to the words that form the stories of our society, human connections that seek to include rather than isolate.
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