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click to enlarge - Death by Pad Thai: And Other - Unforgettable Meals  -  - Edited by Douglas Bauer  - Three Rivers Press, $13.95/ - paperback  -  - "The story of how one eats is the story of how one lives," - writes author Ann Packer, one of 21 contributors to this - compilation, in her piece "My Life in Food." And reading - this food-focused anthology, it becomes evident just - how right she is. The contributing cast of writers - including Empire Falls author Richard Russo and - House of Sand and Fog scribe Andre Dubus III - shares its most memorable food experiences, with - varying degrees of emotion and style. It's impossible to - thumb through these pages and not conjure up thoughts - of your own favorite meals. You also have to wonder, - upon reading these stories, if seafood is more - memorable than most other edible treats. - Pete Freedman
  • Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals

    Edited by Douglas Bauer

    Three Rivers Press, $13.95/ paperback

    "The story of how one eats is the story of how one lives," writes author Ann Packer, one of 21 contributors to this compilation, in her piece "My Life in Food." And reading this food-focused anthology, it becomes evident just how right she is. The contributing cast of writers including Empire Falls author Richard Russo and House of Sand and Fog scribe Andre Dubus III shares its most memorable food experiences, with varying degrees of emotion and style. It's impossible to thumb through these pages and not conjure up thoughts of your own favorite meals. You also have to wonder, upon reading these stories, if seafood is more memorable than most other edible treats. Pete Freedman

click to enlarge Climbing the Mango Trees: A - Memoir of a Childhood in India  -  - By Madhur Jaffrey  - Alfred A. Knopf, $25/hardcover  -  - Madhur Jaffrey, the glamorous dean of Indian cookbook - writing (An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey's Taste of the Far East), has - written a memoir of her Delhi childhood as spicy and - light as the best tandoori. Growing up in the extended - privileged household of her paternal grandfather, Jaffrey - and her siblings and cousins clambered into the arms of - mango trees and ate the raw fruit dipped in a spice mix - of ground chilies, roasted cumin, salt and pepper. School - memories, family outings, the passage to adolescence - and the country's riveting politics and partition are all - observed against the background of smoke and spice, - poori (fried bread) and aloo (potatoes - with ginger). Rice and peas (tahiri) will never - seem mundane again. Kathryn Eastburn
  • Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India

    By Madhur Jaffrey

    Alfred A. Knopf, $25/hardcover

    Madhur Jaffrey, the glamorous dean of Indian cookbook writing (An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey's Taste of the Far East), has written a memoir of her Delhi childhood as spicy and light as the best tandoori. Growing up in the extended privileged household of her paternal grandfather, Jaffrey and her siblings and cousins clambered into the arms of mango trees and ate the raw fruit dipped in a spice mix of ground chilies, roasted cumin, salt and pepper. School memories, family outings, the passage to adolescence and the country's riveting politics and partition are all observed against the background of smoke and spice, poori (fried bread) and aloo (potatoes with ginger). Rice and peas (tahiri) will never seem mundane again. Kathryn Eastburn

click to enlarge - Kafka's Soup: A Complete History - of World Literature in 14 Recipes  -  - By Mark Crick  - Harcourt, $14.95/hardcover  -  - Rather than requiring an erudite understanding of classic - French culinary technique, Kafka's Soup instead - demands familiarity with more than 2,000 years of - literature. Crick, none-too-shabby-a-linguist, has taken - it upon himself to detail recipes in the voice of everyone - from Harold Pinter and Geoffrey Chaucer to Jane Austen - and Marcel Proust. Take, for example, this passage from - Homer's recipe for fenkata (rabbit): "Now Achilles - chopped the garlic and, in a separate cauldron given by - Agamemnon, fried the onions and the garlic, nor did he - stop frying until the onions began to brown." If you can - get beyond questioning why, it's possible to enjoy - passages like "This is a quality fuckin cook-up" from a - rich chocolate cake recipe,  la Irvine Welsh.  - Matthew Schniper
  • Kafka's Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes

    By Mark Crick

    Harcourt, $14.95/hardcover

    Rather than requiring an erudite understanding of classic French culinary technique, Kafka's Soup instead demands familiarity with more than 2,000 years of literature. Crick, none-too-shabby-a-linguist, has taken it upon himself to detail recipes in the voice of everyone from Harold Pinter and Geoffrey Chaucer to Jane Austen and Marcel Proust. Take, for example, this passage from Homer's recipe for fenkata (rabbit): "Now Achilles chopped the garlic and, in a separate cauldron given by Agamemnon, fried the onions and the garlic, nor did he stop frying until the onions began to brown." If you can get beyond questioning why, it's possible to enjoy passages like "This is a quality fuckin cook-up" from a rich chocolate cake recipe, la Irvine Welsh. Matthew Schniper

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