Eating as I Go

Eating as I Go

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What do we learn from eating? About ourselves? Others? In this unique memoir of a life shaped by the pleasures of the table, Doris Friedensohn uses eating as an occasion for inquiry. Munching on quesadillas and kimchi in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, she reflects on her exploration of food over fifty years and across four continents. Relishing couscous in Tunisia and khachapuri in the Republic of Georgia, she explores the ways strangers come together and maintain their differences through food. As a young woman, Friedensohn was determined not to be a provincial American. Chinese, French, Mexican, and Mediterranean cuisines beckoned to her like mysterious suitors. She responded, pursuing suckling pig, snails, baba ghanoush, tripe, jellyfish, and anything with rosemary or cumin. Each rendezvous with an unfamiliar food was a celebration of cosmopolitan living. Friedensohn's memories range from Thanksgiving at a Middle Eastern restaurant to the taste of fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca. Her wry dramas of the dining room, restaurant, market, and kitchen ripple with tensions -- political, religious, psychological, and spiritual. Eating as I Go is one woman's distinctive mAclange of memoir, traveler's tale, and cultural commentary.While I can make this salad at home in New Jersey, I cana#39;t replicate its freshness. ... Although Tunisians are addicted to harissa, a hot red pepper sauce that is common in North Africa and the Middle East, ... on couscous, the quintessential North African dish and the basic fare of generations of Tunisiaa#39;s Arabs and Berbers.

Title:Eating as I Go
Author:Doris Friedensohn
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2006-07-21


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