What connects Chocolat author Joanne Harris to 19th-century novelist Emily Brontë, Booker Prize nominee Monica Ali to 17th-century Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz, and culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey to Anne Frank? The answer is food —enjoying it, cooking it, and writing about it.
This well-researched anthology of food writing by women serves up a charming and highly enjoyable assortment of amuse-bouches.
The book is divided into several sections such as Unrestrained Appetites, Solitary Pleasures and Missed Meals, Comfort Food, each of which presents a selection of writings, some dating back to the 12th century!
But the book doesn’t just celebrate the joy of eating — it also toasts the intimate connect between women and the kitchen across temporal and geographical boundaries.
You can devour it in one go, but we recommend you savour it slowly, morsel by morsel.