Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad

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University Press of Kentucky, Jul 21, 2006 - Cooking - 264 pages
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What do we learn from eating? About ourselves? Others? In this unique memoir of a life shaped by the pleasures of the table, Doris Friedensohn uses eating as an occasion for inquiry. Munching on quesadillas and kimchi in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, she reflects on her exploration of food over fifty years and across four continents. Relishing couscous in Tunisia and khachapuri in the Republic of Georgia, she explores the ways strangers come together and maintain their differences through food. As a young woman, Friedensohn was determined not to be a provincial American. Chinese, French, Mexican, and Mediterranean cuisines beckoned to her like mysterious suitors. She responded, pursuing suckling pig, snails, baba ghanoush, tripe, jellyfish, and anything with rosemary or cumin. Each rendezvous with an unfamiliar food was a celebration of cosmopolitan living. Friedensohn's memories range from Thanksgiving at a Middle Eastern restaurant to the taste of fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca. Her wry dramas of the dining room, restaurant, market, and kitchen ripple with tensions -- political, religious, psychological, and spiritual. Eating as I Go is one woman's distinctive mélange of memoir, traveler's tale, and cultural commentary.

 

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In an engaging series of memoir essays, Friedensohn (emeritus, women�s studies/American studies, New Jersey City Univ.) shares with us her lifelong quest for new cultures, foods, and tastes ... Read full review

Contents

GEORGIA ON MY MIND
CHEESECAKE
Part 4
GRADUATION
INDUSTRY RULES ANDETHNOGRAPHIC ANGST
THE LORD IS HIS SHEPHERD
BURNED
PERFECTIONIST

BUDDHIST DELIGHTS
THANKSGIVING IN THEGARDEN OF EDEN
Part 2
EAT ETHNIC EAT AMERICAN
OPAKAPAKA AND POKE TOO
KITSCH ETHNIC
KIMCHI PRIDE
Part 3
THE REAL SENEGAL
THE POLITICS OF COUSCOUS
THE BEST CHEESE IN THE WORLD
A VIEW FROM THEFORTRESS POLANA
DAL BHAT AT PHARPING
SCHLOSS LEOPOLDSKRON
CHAPULINES MOLE ANDFOUR POZOLES
THE WAY TO A WOMANS HEART
VOLUNTEER CHEF
INTERN
TRAINING AND CHANGING
Part 5
HOW DO YOU EAT?
MY OWN MUERTOS
WHEN CHOPSTICKS ARENOT THE PROBLEM
SUNDAYS AT WHOLE FOODS
THE MOON IN MY DINING ROOM
SALAD DAYS AND NIGHTS
HAPPY MARKET
MY BOOK OF MAPS
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Doris Friedensohn is professor emerita of women's studies at New Jersey City University.

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