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Tin House magazine contributor Wildgen collects essays on apples and odes to martinis. In the provocatively titled "Up Your Goose with a Boneless Duck," Chris Offutt describes an unusual dish he wanted to prepare for "a grand autumn feast" in Missoula, Mont. In "The End of Laughter," Lan Samantha Chang recalls meals with an unnamed friend: "We ate for love, for sympathy and fun. We ate out of confusion and emptiness and lust. We ate our meals in public and kept our true hungers a secret." Essays are supplemented with recipes for, among others, Steve's Ultimate Maple Crunch Chicken Salad, Eggs with Mushrooms and Truffles, Khoresht Bademjan and Oxtail Soup with Porcini Mushrooms. Not all selections work as well. "Dinner with the Borgias: Power, Politics, Passion, Provender, and Poison in the Italian Renaissance," by Lisa Grossman, proves less than satisfying, and Mark Statman's "Mezcal" fails to gel. However, the bulk of the collection is a gourmand-worthy spread.
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"These essays are pure fun, pure joy, every last honey-colored, 80-proof, diet-be-damned one of them." -Debbie Vankin, The Los Angeles Times
"Foodies who like to read have had an abundant year: They've been able to sink their teeth into the likes of David Kamp's The United States of Arugula, Julia Child's My Life in France and, of course, Bill Buford's Heat. Those books are great at capturing food trends and superchefs, but they don't have the personal touch or accessibility of Food & Booze, a collection of 25 pieces harvested from the literary journal Tin House, in which a group of mostly superb authors reflect on the pleasures of cooking, drinking and sitting down to eat." -Kelly McMasters, Time Out New York
"This strange, dark, proudly literate collection is a triumph of unapologetic debauchery-after so much prudish, hothouse food writing, Food & Booze is as refreshing as an ice-cold Tin House Martini." -Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia
"I opened this neat little volume intending to read about solid, square meals, but then I found myself getting blitzed on absinthe cocktails in Portugal with Elissa Schappell, downing shots of mezcal in a Oaxacan cantina with Mark Statman, and cruising around in Sara Roahen's family car sipping huge travel mugs of brandy and 7-Up (what are these people thinking?). So I can only tell you that the booze half of the book is a blast. And now I'd like to lie down for a while, if you don't mind." -Pete Wells, Food & Wine columnist and winner of five James Beard Awards for writing on food and drink

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books; 1 edition (October 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977312771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977312771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Bread and Butter, But Not For Long, and You're Not You, as well as the editor of the anthology Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Best Food Writing, Best New American Voices, and several anthologies, including Death by Pad Thai, Naming the World, and Dirty Words.

She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, the setting of her first two novels and the city to which she returned in 2007 after seven years in the greater New York area. Now she's one of those overjoyed shoppers who linger at the farmers markets, engaging passersby in conversations about shallots. She writes about memorable food and nervous people, finally relinquished the dream of making her own mozzarella, and saw her quality of life sky-rocket after discovering the concept of "weekday cake."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lea Hansen on December 14, 2012
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I love Tin House and was very excited to receive this collection of essays for my birthday. "Food and Booze" takes the best food and drink pieces from Tin House magazine and compiles them into this collection. The collection is solid, with nearly every chapter more entertaining and interesting than the last. It also includes recipes,many with exotic ingredients, but still fun. The only problem with reading these stories is that I craved something different with every chapter!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. on July 7, 2013
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A collection for foodie -related essay writings from the Tin House. Good-size book with many entries-this book was better than I expected. Recommend.
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