"I guarantee that Chang's memoir will touch your heart, make you laugh out loud, and bring forth many of your own memories as well--ones I bet you didn't even know centered around food." --Emily Geaman, HCPdishes "My pick for best cookbook of 2011... A beautiful and heartfelt collection of stories about food and love written by a tender and talented writer. ..Buy this book for yourself, for your friends and your family: it is all about the ties that bind." -Monica Bhide, A Life of Spice
“With charm, style, wit, and really great writing, Chang takes us into her world, sharing stories of the foods she loves (some totally and happily beyond reason) and the recipes she treasures, and with each story we think a little more about ourselves, our families, and the food that nourishes us in every way. If you haven’t read Chang before, you’ll be captivated; if you have, you’ll be delighted to have so many of her stories in one place—next to your most comfortable armchair.” ~Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table
“Be prepared to lose yourself in A Spoonful of Promises. Poetic, poignant, and addictive, Chang's essays are a delicious reminder of how cooking comforts and connects us, and ultimately provides some of our most treasured memories. This is a classic destined to be an essential book for every food lover.” ~Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge and The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen
“Susan Chang takes readers on an eclectic voyage through her culinary memory, from childhood recollections (and recipes) of wonton soup to savory chard tart. And a story about Ring Dings eaten with popcorn? I'm there! It's a beautifully told, evocative book to savor.” ~Melissa Clark, author of Cook This Now
From the Inside Flap
A Spoonful of Promises: Stories & Recipes from a Well-Tempered Table is a collection of mouthwatering stories whose common thread is intimacy—between family and friends, parents and children. Here, food is a metaphor, a sixth sense that binds to the drama of our lives and to moments that might otherwise be forgotten. Each of author T. Susan Chang’s food stories explores facets of the human condition, whether nostalgia, romance, loyalty, love, guilt, envy, or hope, each in its most delicious form.
The book—comprising thirty-three essays with recipes—begins with food scenes from Chang’s childhood, memories that forever tie her to the mother she lost to cancer early in her life, and to the family that helped shape who she is today. This is followed by practical recipes for the weeknight parent and lessons Chang learned along her own parenting journey. Finally, Chang dips into more adventurous cooking for special occasions: once-in-a-lifetime recipes and experiences meant to be shared with family, friends, or even strangers—who, as the saying goes, are only friends we haven’t met before.