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A Feast of Words: For Lovers of Food and Fiction Hardcover – September 17, 1996
If you're reading this, odds are you agree with Anna Shapiro that books are the staff of life. "A Feast of Words" is not an ordinary cookbook, or even primarily a cookbook. It is a banquet for the soul, cooked with imagination and served with style by a writer who knows that fiction, like food, is not merely necessary to life, but the essence of life. --Ellen Feldman, Newsday
The passages [of literature] are, for the most part, delightful, whether the pieces were old familiar parts of long-loved stories or little appetizers of works one hasn't met before.
Anna Shapiro loves food and knows literature, and in this charming volume . . . she is a fine critic and an especially fine summarizer and condenser of character and plot. She has lovingly chosen and carefully provided readers with great chunks of the actual text, in several instances complete scenes and stories. --The Boston Globe