Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes, and Other Kitchen Stories

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Macmillan, Oct 2, 2007 - Cooking - 272 pages
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"As reassuring as a big bowl of buttery mashed potatoes...a delicious read."
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What and how do American families really eat? Bonny Wolf writes about the great regional and family food traditions in this country—birthday cake and dinner party food, hearty American breakfasts and Fourth of July picnic dishes. In Talking with My Mouth Full, she writes stories about food, and also about the people who eat it.

Many of the delightful national treasures Wolf writes about—bundt cake, barbecue, roast chicken, fair food—are timeless. Each chapter, whether it's about true regional specialties like Minnesota's wild rice, Texas' Blue Bell ice cream or Maryland's famous crab cakes or about family favorites like noodle pudding or Irish raisin soda bread, ends with a perfectly chosen group of recipes, tantalizing and time-tested.

In the tradition of Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking, Talking with My Mouth Full is a book you will turn to over and over for wonderful food writing and recipes for comfort food, a great nosh, or the ideal covered dish to take to a potluck supper.

"Charming, lighthearted...refreshingly accessible."—Publishers Weekly
"Savory collection of essays."—Washington Post
"Delightful."—Austin Chronicle

 

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This collection of essays about the foods that mark special occasions in the average American's home is as reassuring as a big bowl of buttery mashed potatoes. A food commentator for NPR'sWeekend ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Little Cake Pan That Could
15
Aunt Esthers Antipasto
21
An Ode to Toast
29
Kitchen Tools
35
Cold Comfort
49
Let Them Eat Cake
62
Tied to My Apron Strings
70
Tis the Season
141
The Chicken Challenge
147
Lights and Latkes
159
Entertaining in Color
165
Food on Fire
171
The Running of the Shad
181
Market Pleasures
194
Fruits of the Sea
203

JellO Redux
86
A Day at the Fair
92
The Comforts of Food
100
FEEDING THE MULTITUDES
107
Forever Breakfast
120
Giving Thanks
126
Dinner Disasters
134
Local Flavors
209
Vegetarian Times
216
Plain and Simple
228
Eating Chinese
234
Its Bawlmer Hon
240
Index
247
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Bonny Wolf is a journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in New Jersey, Texas and Washington, D.C., where she lives. She has been a food commentator for National Public Radio's Weekend Edition since 2003, is the host for NPR's food podcast "Kitchen Window," and writes a food column for The Washington Post.

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