Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers Review

This collection of intimate essays by some of America's most well-regarded writers explores how food can help us cope in dark times―whether it be the loss of a parent, the loneliness of moving to a new country, the heartache of an unexpected breakup, or the fear of coming out. Luscious, full-color illustrations by Meryl Rowin are woven throughout, and accompanying each story is a recipe from the writer’s own kitchen.

Lev Grossman explains how he survived on “sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey” General Tso’s tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes learning to care for herself during her confusing young adulthood, beginning with nearly setting her kitchen on fire. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make “a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin, served with buttered egg noodles” for her family. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie remembers a childhood friend―who later died as a soldier in Nigeria―with a pot of fragrant jollof rice. What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.

Title:Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers
Edition Language:English

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    Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers Reviews

  • Patricia

    I found this book very comforting for myself. These are moments of grief or sadness that various writers have experienced with comforts foods which made them feel better. I quite enjoyed reading this ...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    This collection features intimate essays from incredible writers — including Alexander Chee, Melissa Febos, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laura Van Den Berg — sharing the comfort foods that helped get...

  • tinabel

    A wonderful and lovely collection of short autobiographical stories, centered around one of my favourite things—food! Complete with easy, homey recipes and reminisces about life and love, happiness,...

  • Rachel Watkins

    Humans have an intimate relationship with food. EAT JOY gives us the stories of some of our most beloved writers as they share big moments in their lives and the recipes that were a part of it. Coveri...

  • Gretchen Alice

    An endearing and thoughtful compilation of essays from a legitimately great assortment of writers. Obviously I am heavily invested in both books and food and this combined the two of those interests a...

  • Amy

    For lovers of food and reading. Short but insightful essays on the role and power of food in our lives. It also has recipes which I can’t wait to try. ...

  • Mary

    There are moments in our lives which imprint on our souls, and often when we recollect them, our memories entangle with sensory information. The visceral quality of food as it relates to memory is unp...

  • Ellen  | spoilerkween

    Eating is truly one of the things I take the most pleasure out of in life, and joy is one of my favorite words, and y’all are going to want to get your hands on this one. It has stories from so many...

  • Catapult

    An illustrated anthology of essays about the comfort foods—and recipes—that helped writers survive painful times in their lives. With contributions from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anthony Doerr, Co...

  • Melissa

    A charming (and sometimes heart-breaking or heart-warming depending on subject) collection of essays and recipes from respected authors like Alexander Chee, Porochista Khakpour, Lev Grossman, Carmen M...