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Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

Black Balloon: Catapult. Oct. 2019. 208p. ed. by ed. by Natalie Eve Garrett. ISBN 9781936787791. $22; ebk. ISBN 9781936787746. essays/personal growth
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Remembering the food dishes that got her through hard times, editor Garrett (The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes; Lonely Stories: 20 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Perils of Being Alone) embarked on a project of asking distinguished authors such as Alexander Chee, Claire Messud, and Lev Grossman to chronicle their hardships—chronic illness, heartbreak, and immigration challenges, to name a few—and the foods that helped them in the process of recovery. The result is a collection of recipes and thoughtful essays organized in sections titled “Growing Pains,” “Loss,” “Healing,” and “Homecoming.” Readers learn about Anthony Doerr’s relief of homesickness with brownies and Edwidge Danticat’s comfort from sharing a plate of rice with her dying father.
VERDICT This book is a feast for avid lit lovers and foodies alike.

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