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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (May 11, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684848376
- ISBN-13: 978-0684848372
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FOOD AND WHINE: Confessions of a New Millennium Mom Hardcover – May 11, 1999
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Let's get this straight: yes, Food and Whine is organized around food, but no, it is not a cookbook. The recipes and meals described in each chapter of this funny and heartwarming memoir are merely a vehicle for author Jennifer Moses's quirky take on a single year in her life as a modern mother--the year her twins were born, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and her husband decided to change careers. Moses, a journalist and fiction writer who wore black and dated performance artists before she morphed into the mother of three loud and grimy children, uses each incident in the life-affirming chaos (her mother's chemotherapy, an old boyfriend's visit, moving to the Deep South) to demonstrate to the reader that above all, she has the art of the rant down. Throughout the turmoil, Moses keeps her head (more or less), her sense of humor (at least in retrospect), and her cooking abilities. The recipes in Food and Whine look tasty, though the reader may be laughing too hard to actually follow them. --Ericka Lutz
From Library Journal
In times of stress we often turn to food for comfort. For mothers of young children, this can be a frequent occurrence. The year Moses gave birth to twins her mother was diagnosed with cancer and her husband decided to change careers. Needless to say, Moses did a lot of cooking that year. Gathering recipes, and advice, from family and friends helped her cope with her chaotic life. If you think this sounds boring or dreary, think again. Moses manages to find the humor in even the worst situation. Interspersed with her stories are the recipes shes gathered, but dont expect them to be traditional. Instead youll find Place chicken in pan, breast side up. Push hair back behind ears. Discover that hair is coated with disgusting white liquid slime. Serve with rice and salad, if you happen to have rice and salad. When husband looks at you funny, burst into tears. As the year gets better, the recipes become more coherent. Reminiscent of Debby Bulls Blue Jelly (Hyperion, 1997), Food and Whine lovingly illustrates the comfort we find in familiar foods and their preparation. A great first book by essayist Moses, who has been touted as the Erma Bombeck of the boomer generation; recommended for all libraries.Kathy Ingels Helmond, IndianapolisMarion Cty. P.L.
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