Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 30, 2010 - Cooking - 464 pages
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From the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author James Salter and his wife, Kay—amateur chefs and perfect hosts—here is a charming, beautifully illustrated tour de table: a food lover's companion that, with an entry for each day of the year, takes us from a Twelfth Night cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year's Eve. Life Is Meals is rich with culinary wisdom, history, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors' own memories of successes and catastrophes.


For instance:


• The menu on the Titanic on the fatal night


• Reflections on dining from Queen Victoria, JFK, Winnie-the-Pooh, Garrison Keillor, and many others


• The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the perfect martini


• How to decide whom to invite to a dinner party—and whom not to


• John Irving's family recipe for meatballs; Balzac's love of coffee


• The greatest dinner ever given at the White House


• Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m.


• How to cope with acts of God and man-made disasters in the kitchen


Sophisticated as well as practical, opinionated, and indispensable, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the glory of food and drink, and the joy of sharing them with others. "The meal is the emblem of civilization," the Salters observe. "What would one know of life as it should be lived, or nights as they should be spent, apart from meals?"

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James Salter's All That Is.

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Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

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Inspired by their personal journal, James (A Sport and a Pastime) and journalist Kay Salter have compiled a charming collection of brief essays on food and wine, with 37 recipes and beautiful ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kimberly Willson - St. Clair - Goodreads

I love this book! The stories and recipes and collected histories really apeal to me. This is a great marriage book since all of the meals revolve around the Salter's relationship and how it has developed over time over meals! I appreciate the paintings too! Read full review

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About the author (2010)

James Salter is the author of nine previous books, including the novel A Sport and a Pastime; the collection Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award; and Burning the Days: Recollection. Kay Salter, a journalist and playwright, has written for The New York Times and Food & Wine, among other publications. The Salters live in Colorado and on Long Island.Fabrice Moireau is a graphic artist, illustrator, and set and product designer. He lives in Olivet, France, with his wife and children.

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