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Adam Gopnik – The Table Comes First

A review of The Table Comes First, by Adam Gopnik From the back cover of Adam Gopnik’s The Table Comes First:  Family, France and the Meaning of Food.   Never before have we cared so much about food.  It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing. What is the meaning of food? …

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Alice, Let’s Eat – Calvin Trillin

“The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.” A. J. Liebling Calvin Trillin, author of Alice, Let’s Eat, is a writer clearly convinced of the wisdom of Liebling’s dictum.  Alice, Let’s Eat, subtitled Further Adventures of A Happy Eater, recounts Trillin’s love of food, and the lengths, generally humorous, that he would…

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My Favourite Food Book – The Supper of the Lamb

The Supper of the Lamb, my favourite food book. Over the last year or two, I’ve been reading a lot of food books.  I have some criteria as to what books I read.  I don’t read cookbooks.  I’ll read books with recipes in them, but the recipes can’t be the central focus of the book. …

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Whitebread Protestants – Daniel Sack

 Whitebread Protestants:  Food and Religion in American Culture What do Welch’s Grape Juice and Graham Crackers have in common?  They are both products that arose out attempts by committed Christians to bring their faith to bear on the food they ate.  These are just two of many interesting tidbits that populate the book Whitebread Protestants:…

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The Gastronomy of Marriage – Michelle Maisto

The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love I first came upon The Gastronomy of Marriage , by Michelle Maisto late in 2012.  I took a brief look at it in the bookstore. I made a mental note that it would be worth picking up next time I was in book buying mode. …

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Between Meals – A J Liebling

Between Meals:  An Appetite for Paris Food and memory are linked together at the deepest level of our beings.  A mere whiff of a pot of soup simmering on the back of a stove can take us back to childhood.  It’s no surprise that on holiday occasions we pull out tried and true recipes, even…

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Eating Animals – Johnathan Safran Foer

I recently finished the book “Eating Animals,”by Johnathan Safran Foer.  Before I go any further I’d like to state for the record that I am not a vegetarian.  I approached this book as someone who eats meat and enjoys eating meat.  After finishing reading it, I would say that I’m not convinced enough by the arguments…

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Edna Staebler: A Life-To Experience Wonder

Edna Staebler: A Life I have a little book in my library entitled Sauerkraut and Enterprise.  It contains a series of stories around the lives of a family of Old Order Mennonites in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Southern Ontario.  The author of the book was Edna Staebler, who was best known for writing a series…

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Book Review – Eat With Joy

In writing about food and theology, I’ve constantly been frustrated by how little emphasis is put on the role of eating together in our understanding of how we approach our relationship to food.  One of three things usually occurs.  Either the author gives idea of eating together a token acknowledgement, before the authors move on…