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Nargi gathers around the table an array of women, from biologists & book editors to mathematicians & marketers, to discover why they feel that everything important in life -- creativity, patience, time alone, time with others, nourishment both physical & spiritual -- lies in the simple act of preparing a meal. The 15 women featured here describe the foods their mothers & grandmothers made for them & tell how they carry on the tradition of lovingly providing sustenance -- & so much more -- for their own families. Filled with mouth-watering home-cooked recipes & stories of the quirky family food traditions that gave birth to them, this book will delight any woman who relishes the act of putting food on the table for the people she loves. Includes 35 original recipes.
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Lela Nargi contributes articles on food and travel to a variety of national and international magazines. She is the author of Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path.From Booklist:
In this anthology, women from disparate walks of life reflect on the foods that have been important to them or that played some special roles in their lives. In addition, they record recipes for some of these singular dishes. Novelist Nancy Butcher rhapsodizes over natto, a fermented soybean product especially memorable from her Japanese American upbringing. Book editor Elizabeth Beier's recipe for crock-pot duck simplifies the French tradition of confit. Musician Kate Jacobs recalls the years her family was posted in the diplomatic corps to Vienna with a technique for producing apple strudel. Realtor Nancy -Keyser-Bryant offers a very old recipe for bread dip very much like country gravy and calling for rabbit or squirrel broth. A much more broadly appealing green-tomato chutney comes from the hand of Tessa Huxley, a Gothamite, preserving seasonal produce from an urban garden. The book's proffered recipes are secondary, though, to long and lovingly told stories of family bonding and of food's power to enhance women's lives and relationships. Mark Knoblauch
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