Around the Table: Women on Food, Cooking, Nourishment, Love ... and the Mothers who Dished it Up for Them

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Lela Nargi
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2005 - Social Science - 208 pages
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This unique tribute to women, food, and family is brimming with top-notch food writing and delicious recipes.

In this mouthwatering celebration of the role cooking plays in our lives today, women describe the foods their mothers and grandmothers made for them and how they carry on the tradition of lovingly preparing for their own families "mother's very finest." Lela Nargi gathers around the table a wide array of women-from biologists and book editors to mathematicians and marketers-to discover why they feel that everything important in life-creativity, patience, time alone, time with others, nourishment mboth physical and spiritual-lies in the simple act of cooking a meal.

Featuring a baker's dozen women and their favorite home-cooked recipes-including the Thinking Person's Cheesecake and Day-After Thanksgiving Gumbo-Around the Tablewill delight any woman who relishes the act of putting food on the table for the people she loves.

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Using information gathered from one-on-one interviews, Nargi (Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path ) describes how 15 different American women experience food and cooking. Only one of the ... Read full review


Foreword by Darra Goldstein
NANCY BUTCHER YoungAdult Novelist

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About the author (2005)

Lela Nargi contributes articles on food and travel to a variety of national and international magazines. She is the author of Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path.

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