- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (May 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455535052
- ISBN-13: 978-1455535057
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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"It's cookbook as bildungsroman. The recipes are great, but greater still is the pair's unvarnished take on the comedic hideousness of being young and totally confused about everything from love to work to how much the steam heat in your crappy Manhattan apartment costs."―Bookforum
"Told with charming good humor, this millennial-girls-taking-on-the-world story will have readers immediately casting themselves and their girlfriends as either a Lucy or a Tram . . . An absolute must-have for young women and a perfect addition to food and memoir collections."
"[Lucy and Tram's] advice on how to get through that fraught post-college decade: Good food, good friends, and plenty of wine. Oh, and listen to your mother (sometimes). . . . PEN & PALATE offers some lived-in advice for surviving your twenties--and eating well along the way."
―Food & Wine
"I have rarely devoured a book as quickly and as joyfully as PEN & PALATE. I paused in my reading only to snack-the book made me so happy, and so hungry. Besides being a brilliantly conceived, beautifully illustrated, funny and delicious book, PEN & PALATE is also the story of a real, deep, and wonderful friendship."―Emily Gould, author of Friendship and And the Heart Says Whatever
"PEN & PALATE is a modern tale of friendship and food. Lucy and Tram learn many of life's tough lessons: first, cold SpaghettiOs are not better than your mom's homemade caramel and coconut braised pork, and second, you can't hide from your true self (and it just so happens, your true self is actually pretty great)."―Amelia Morris, author of Bon Appétempt
"PEN & PALATE lets you tag along on the fun, sad, and sometimes kind of embarrassing journey of two young women stumbling into their own identities, while holding fast to one another. Weaving in the hallmark recipes of each chapter in their lives, Lucy and Tram have made a cozy and satisfying meal out of their stories-the kind that makes you want to sit at the table and chat all night long."―Kelsey Miller, author of Big Girl
About the Author
Lucy Madison is a New York City-based journalist and editor. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, W, Interview, Lucky, The Awl, Deadspin, and more.
Tram Nguyen is a Chicago-based illustrator and costume designer who has built costumes and props for television, print, theater, and professional sports teams. Her work has appeared in Saveur, Cherry Bombe, Lucky Peach, and more.
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I might be bias, because I know Tram. Tram and I met back in 2009 - when we worked together in the crazy costume studio in Chicago. During our downtime together, we would always take turns storytelling, and she always had the best stories. This book is filled with tons of my favorites stories Tram have shared with me and more; about Lucy, Romeo, her childhood, and being in the kitchen. I don't live in Chicago anymore, but this book brought me back, invoking plenty of food for thought..remind me that it's okay to be living in my 20s scared and uncertain.
I highly recommend it. Witty, sweet, honest, enlightening, & personal. Love the way Lucy and Tram weave their stories together. Thank you! Can't wait to try their recipes.
My favorite quote is on page 212: “Scary is good. I told myself as I searched the bottom of my purse with one hand for a possible stale almond to munch on. Scary means it’s worth doing.” The book is a perfect combination of humor and vulnerability that keeps the reader captivated. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. And the illustrations were incredible, such an incredibly talented artist!