My feast of life includes books and food. It's no wonder I even love books about food. This goes way beyond the joy of cookbooks and Gourmet magazine. (R.I.P.). I even love books written by other people who love food about food.
"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. " - - Calvin Trillin
Lately, food writing blended with memoir is very popular. Two of the most popular books are Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. In the former, Ms. Gilbert starts her search for metaphysical meaning deep inside a bowl of fettucine in Italy. Ms. Powell tries to find life's answers in nothing less awesome than Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She cooks a recipe a day from this institution-posing- as-a- cookbook and still found a few minutes to write a book about it. (Do yourself a favor and skip the aspic.) And I'd be sliced thinly and sauteed if I didn't mention Saint Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France.
"I went into a McDonald's yesterday and said I'd like some fries. The girl at the counter said, "Would you like some fries with that?" - Jay Leno
Still another sub-genre of the food writing trend is what I call the socio-environmental line. In Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser examines the impact of McDonald's on health, labor and agriculture. Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America and the companion documentary Supersize Me send author Morgan Spurlock around the country eating only McDs for one month and revealing his "robust" results.
Barbara Kingsolver also joins the buffet line with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life. In this combination memoir/environmental book, Kingsolver and her family move to Appalachia and spend a year trying to consume only locally produced foods.
"Food is an important part of a balanced diet." - Fran Lebowitz
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food. "- George Bernard Shaw
Which reminds me, our Des Plaines restaurant gift card raffles are just around the corner. Come on up to the 3rd floor and while you browse through the books and movies, why not fill out entry forms to win a free $25 gift card to one of these great eateries, compliments of our wonderful Friends of the Library.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Dotombori Japanese Restaurant
Little Villa Restaurant
The Mexico Restaurant
The Silver Stallion Restarant
Thai Square Restaurant
Via Roma Restaurant
... and we even have one for Pesche's Florists.
The contest ends on March 1, the end of our Winter Reading Club so we'll see you before that. Bon appetit!