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Starting From Scratch

Hardback|Jan 2008
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For Patty Kirk, good food has not only physical and emotional but political and spiritual dimensions. On the one hand, it represents pleasure and providence. In its ideal manifestation good food offers a foretaste of heaven. But Kirk finds it...


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For Patty Kirk, good food has not only physical and emotional but political and spiritual dimensions. On the one hand, it represents pleasure and providence. In its ideal manifestation good food offers a foretaste of heaven. But Kirk finds it equally meaningful in its absence. In the craving for the familiar foods of home in a foreign land. In fondly remembered family dishes for which the recipe has been lost. In unknown foods she longed to taste as a child: "Food has raw romantic power... It is not merely the tame romance of the familiar, of mom-love and home and cherished memories, but the wilder allure of what is not known at all. Exotic foods. The foods of other lands, of other people a child must strain to imagine. Illicit foods even, foods from not only outside one's culture but outside all sense of what is right. Taboo delicacies never before seen on one's plate or in the grocery stores. Offal. Insects. A sorcery of flavors known only in dreams."
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A captivating memoir from a cook who's traveled across the globe cooking, tasting, and enjoying good food.


Patty Kirk has always loved food: eating it, cooking it, sharing it, talking about it. At six, she scrambled the last of the family's vacation provisions over the camp fire and concocted a delicacy-eggs with bacon and onions. Overnight she became the family cook and discovered a lifelong passion for cooking that accompanied her through decades of roaming and finally to the farm in Oklahoma where she now lives. Starting from Scratch narrates Kirk's wanderings in the U.S. and abroad from a culinary perspective, sounding the spiritual, political, and emotional depths of Brillat-Savarin's famous observation, "Tell me what you eat; I'll tell you who you are." In this candid and engaging food memoir---complete with recipes!---good food beckons from the past as well as the future: surrounding us, eluding us, drawing us, defining us.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 301180
  • Product Code 9780785220473
  • ISBN 078522047X
  • EAN 9780785220473
  • UPC 020049058275
  • Pages 288
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2008
  • Dimensions 238 x 158 x 30mm
  • Weight 0.480kg

Patty Kirk

Patty Kirk is writer in residence and associate professor ofPatty Kirk is writer in residence and associate professor of English at John Brown University. She is an award-winning w English at John Brown University. She is an award-winning writer and author of Confessions of an Amateur Believer and Sriter and author of Confessions of an Amateur Believer and Starting from Scratch: A Wandering Cook in Search of Home. tarting from Scratch: A Wandering Cook in Search of Home. C

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