By Doris Friedensohn
What will we examine from consuming? approximately ourselves? Others? during this precise memoir of a lifestyles formed via the pleasures of the desk, Doris Friedensohn makes use of consuming as an get together for inquiry. Munching on quesadillas and kimchi in her suburban New Jersey local, she displays on her exploration of meals over fifty years and throughout 4 continents. Relishing couscous in Tunisia and khachapuri within the Republic of Georgia, she explores the methods strangers come jointly and hold their alterations via nutrition. As a tender girl, Friedensohn was resolute to not be a provincial American. chinese language, French, Mexican, and Mediterranean cuisines beckoned to her like mysterious suitors. She replied, pursuing suckling pig, snails, baba ghanoush, tripe, jellyfish, and whatever with rosemary or cumin. every one rendezvous with an strange meals used to be a party of cosmopolitan residing. Friedensohn's stories variety from Thanksgiving at a center japanese eating place to the flavor of fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca. Her wry dramas of the eating room, eating place, marketplace, and kitchen ripple with tensions -- political, spiritual, mental, and non secular. consuming as i'm going is one woman's particular mélange of memoir, traveler's story, and cultural commentary.
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