Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad

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University Press of Kentucky, Jul 21, 2006 - Cooking - 249 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 m?lange of memoir, traveler's tale, and cultural commentary.

 

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In an engaging series of memoir essays, Friedensohn (emeritus, womenƒ¯‚¿‚½s studies/American studies, New Jersey City Univ.) shares with us her lifelong quest for new cultures, foods, and tastes ... Read full review

Contents

Delicious Acts of Defiance
7
A Kitchen of Ones Own
13
Dinner Party Protocols
23
Buddhist Delights
32
Eat Ethnic Eat American
43
Opakapaka and Poke Too
78
Kitsch Ethnic
90
Kimchi Pride
96
Chapulines Mole and Four Pozoles
158
Georgia on My Mind
171
Cheesecake
182
Graduation
191
Burned
200
Volunteer Chef
207
How Do You Eat?
217
When Chopsticks Are Not the Problem
224

The Real Senegal
117
The Best Cheese in the World
130
A View from the Fortress Polana
136
Dal Bhat at Pharping
147
The Moon in My Dining Room
231
Salad Days and Nights
237
My Book of Maps
247
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