From the Library Journal, April 1, 2003

A former caterer who is currently completing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Florida International University, Broussard combines her two passions - literature and cooking - to compile this anthology of food-related essays, stories, and poems. Delving deep into the complexity of the human spirit, each of the 36 contributors, among them, John Dufresne, Dan Wakefield, Les Standiford, and Lynne Barrett, contemplates how food affects his or her life in settings as common as the grocery store or a backyard cookout. Two outstanding stories use food as the central metaphor for grief. In Nina Romano's 'Dean-O,' a long married couple's shared memories of fine dining sustain them through a serious breach of trust in their marriage, while in Lynne Barrett's 'Gift Wrap,'three generations of a family work out their grief over the loss of the family matriarch while baking Lebkuchen. The pieces, some original to this work, are organized thematically and even include favorite recipes. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to South Florida's Daily Bread Food Bank. For large collections of cookbooks and literary essays. Pam Kingsbury - Florence, AL


Betty Fussell

For the compulsive snacker, the perfect diet--a year's supply of delicious munchies, salted with wit, sugared with love, crisped with intelligence--and totally calorie free. Eat and grow thin.
author of My Kitchen Wars, I Hear America Cooking, Home Bistro, Masters of American Cookery, and The Story of Corn


Myra Chanin

Wow! What a terrific selection of food related essays, stories and poems. Something for everyone, and even lots for a fussbudget like me. I had no idea there was so much culture in South Florida. Well, it looks like I was wrong once again and Tracey Broussard was right.
—author of Mother Wonderful's Profusely Illustrated Guide to the Proper Preparation of Chicken Soup and Mother Wonderful's Cheesecakes and Other Goodies


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