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Spoonful of Promises: Stories & Recipes From A Well-Tempered Table Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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"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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This is reward enough, but I challenge the curious to crack the book at any chapter, perhaps "The Man Who Couldn't Cook." In the tradition of M.F.K. Fisher, following the trajectory of Chang's sentences is its own, musical, pleasure. Topics ranging from ring dings to stuffed squash blossoms to chicken pot pie are effortlessly nested in life lived and lightly glazed in unapologetic gluttony. The few arcane or challenging dishes that might seem unapproachable or hopelessly fussy in less capable hands can be read, paradoxically, as a solid and careful blueprint for a loopy adventure. This is the kind of book that could make an enthusiast of even a food agnostic, the way a well written book on cod, table salt or tulips makes bemused converts of people who didn't know they cared.
In sum, you're likely to make a feast of this book whether you end up recreating every recipe or none. (I've made the soul-sustaining apple cake.) Certified kitchen chops are not necessary. All you need to bring to "A Spoonful of Promises" is some memory of having lived and loved... and a good appetite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book after hearing about it on NPR. It was for a gift. My daughter-in-law loved it. (I haven't read it, so can only report her reaction.)Published on June 24, 2013 by Jean
If you appreciate good writing, and have never read anything by T. Susan Chang, you are about to discover something precious. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
. . . or laugh out loud. Or get a lump in your throat. Susan Chang adroitly marries the stories of her life with food experiences of all kinds. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Rosemary D. Wolbert