Yesterday, I began listing the books I read in 2012, sharing with you the stories and works I’ve paged through this year. I’ll continue that today to finish up my list of sixteen books read in 2012, exceeding my goal of reading one book per month.
My Book of 2012: Part Two
keeping the feast: one couple’s story of love, food, and healing (paula butturini)
Earlier this year, I resolved to read as many food-related books as I could in order to continue my education as a food writer. This book, Keeping the Feast, was a surprise for me. I purchased it from a bargain table at my local bookstore, and I didn’t expect the impact it would have on me. I wrote about it here on my blog, and the author, Paula, was kind enough to write back to me, leaving me a lengthy comment and then responding to an email exchange I started with her. This is another of those books that I want to make people read so we can discuss. It’s just gorgeous and intense and hopeful.
the kitchen daughter (jael mchenry)
McHenry’s first novel, The Kitchen Daughter, taught me a lot about point of view and how to weave food into a novel, letting it factor in organically instead of forcing it in. I had always been taught that a narrator or point of view character with limitations – mental illness, disability, addiction, etc. – couldn’t necessarily be trusted. That the narrator was sort of problematic. But this book, told from the point of view of a girl who has Aspergers, and who then begins seeing ghosts, was thoughtful. I trusted the narrator. And even more than trusting her, I felt for her. I was close to her, cheering her on. The story gave me a lot to think about in terms of my pre-conceived notions of narrators and point of view. But on the level of sheer reading, the book was entertaining and heartfelt. Definitely worth reading.
the gastronomical me (mfk Fisher)
Ah, my first M.F.K. Fisher. This book was at times intensely entertaining, at times a little veiled with inside jokes, and at times just a bit dry, but M.F.K. Fisher had a hand in making food writing what it is today, and I’m so glad I read it. Yesterday afternoon, I read another essay by M.F.K. Fisher (in another book) about the right kinds of foods to serve if one wants to seduce their dining partner. It was hilarious and insightful. I love M.F.K. Fisher for all her purity, her naughtiness, and her way of describing food. The Gastronomical Me was a great work of hers to start with. Continue reading »