Sandra Gilbert and Roger Porter have just edited a new book: Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing. Porter is the author of Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers and a James Beard nominated restaurant critic, and Gilbert is the author of The Madwoman in the Attic, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and The Culinary Imagination.
Chekhov on oysters? Thoreau on watermelons? Hemingway on campfire cooking? David Foster Wallace on lobsters? Gary Snyder on steak? These are some of the many fascinating and unexpected writings on food gathered in Eating Words. With a Preface by Ruth Reichl, this ground-breaking volume gathers great food writing over the centuries, including food essays, food memoirs, and impassioned writing about a wide range of gastronomic subjects. The usual suspects are here as well–Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Calvin Trillin, and A.J. Liebling–but the anthology includes selections on cannibalism, rat restaurants in China, food phobias, Alice B. Toklas on “murder in the kitchen,” and passages from The Futurist Cookbook.
The book is arranged in seven sections:
“Food Writing Through History: From Biblical Taboos to Upton Sinclair’s Stockyards”
“At the Family Hearth: Memory, Identity, Ethnicity”
“Hunger Games: The Delight and Dread of Eating”
“Kitchen Practices: Chefs, Cooks, and the Tools of the Trade”
“Cultural Tales and Tables: Our Diverse Gastronomic Ways”
“Food Politics: Disputes Over the Menu”
“Reading Food Writing: The Language of Taste”
Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing (W.W. Norton, 2015) $35.00 ISBN: 978-0-393-23984-3