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Going with the Grain : A Wandering Bread Lover Takes a Bite Out of Life Paperback – Bargain Price, May 18, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Going with the Grain takes us to Morocco, Saratoga Springs, NY, India, Ireland and many more places. The common thread running through all these travelogues is of course the bread Seligson seeks out in each adventure. Often times even the bread is only an incidental player in her travel tales (bread recipes it seems are a closely guarded secret in many places). Never mind. We warm up to Seligson's descriptions anyway and watch her chat away with the locals enviously.
Seligson is sometimes a little too eager to point out that she is not another shutter-happy tourist. While she disdains fellow Americans who drops names at the slightest excuse, she refers to herself as a "self-respecting subscriber of the New York Review of Books." Her language sometimes tries too hard to be funny. Sentences such as: "He can feel your pain" (get it!?) serve mostly just to annoy. I also felt that the narrative could have been well supplemented with the inclusion of photographs. It would have been nice for example to see pictures of the Pueblo horno ovens or the Ballymaloe in Ireland.
Despite these points, Seligson comes across as a warm person with a genuine interest in lives lived all around the world. I also appreciated the segments on the Wonder Bread factory and the army bread project in Natick, Massachusetts, aspects of bread not everyone would have spent the time researching.
Going with the Grain is a delicious romp all over the world. Be it a baguette, soda bread, matzo, or roti, Seligson proves that the stuff made with flour and water is but one more thing that the peoples of the world share.
Her writing is filled with fine-honed, priceless gems. I love this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sorry but I gave up mid way