Join Diana from 4-5 pm the first Wednesday of most months, on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven to discuss a featured cookbook or cooking literature selection. Members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
Wednesday, June 3, 4:00pm
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers by Natalie Eve Garrett (Editor), Anthony Doerr (Contribution by), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Contribution by)
This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America's most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times--be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.
Lev Grossman explains how he survived on "sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey" General Tso's tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. 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." 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.