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Author shows great comic timing; subtle, skillful, straightforward prose is funny when you least expect it. Inspiring fun for foodies. -- Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2004
The Lure and Allure of the Food World
Like her previous book, M. F. K. Fisher and Me, Jeannette Ferrarys new memoir, Out of the KitchenAdventures of a Food Writer, is filled with humor and enthusiasm about life in the food world. In her cosmos, its a world that begins in earliest childhood with incidents that reveal the power of food in its many guises: in the inner sanctum of her grandmothers kitchen, at the automat, in the middle of the street with the ice cream man.
A born storyteller, the author recounts her journey into adulthood as a sequence of episodes from Brooklyn to Bogota to the California dream. The stories are both delightfully funny and disarmingly insightful in their understanding of how strongly food affects ones sense of self.
Along the way, she resolves the conflict between her deep respect for food as heritage and legacy and her suspicion that all interest in food and cooking must be avoided by any woman with aspirations for a career outside the kitchen. In fact, it is only in the wake of a marital break-up that the author finds herself free to pursue interests that were on hold during marriage. As she embarks on these adventuresincluding Simone Becks cooking classes in the south of France, Craig Claibornes birthday party in East Hampton, Long Island, and the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Mondavi-Rothschild winery in Napa Valleyshe meets and introduces the reader to major food world personalities from Alice Waters and Judy Rodgers to Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. In this personal odyssey, she takes us along with her to discover, to laugh, to embrace, and, thanks to a nice little cache of hunger-provoking recipes, to taste.
She creates a life for herself as a writer whose output eventually includes regular monthly columns for The New York Times, food-related articles for dozens of publications, and eight full-length books. Her highly readable style, mouthwatering food descriptions, and penchant for good-humored irreverence have been likened to those of M. F. K. Fisher.
This is the story of a woman caught up in the romance of her subject and giddily in love with language. Ultimately its an inspiration and an exhortation about following ones dream and having fun doing it.See all Editorial Reviews