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Booksigning: Poor Man's Feast by Elissa Altman
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Elissa Altman will sign her new book Poor Man's Feast at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Elissa Altman, James Beard Award-winning writer, marries wit to warmth and flavor to passion in her new book Poor Man's Feast, A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking.
Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. But when Elissa met Susan -- a small-town Connecticut Yankee with a devotion to simple living -- it would change Elissa's relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. With tender and often hilarious honesty (and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man's Feast is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.
"Poor Man's Feast is a wild ride with biting highs, withering lows, and tremendous wit and humor. But throughout, there is a great tenderness that is so consistently warm and moving that when the end came, as it was bound to, I found myself searching for even just a bit more, like picking up especially divine pastry crumbs with a moistened fingertip, before gently closing the covers. A beautiful story." - Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
"The author--a New York editor, cook, and award-winning blogger--artfully merges relationship narrative, personal history, and food memoir in this satisfying book. . . . luminous writing brings many stories small and large to feed the heart." - Publishers Weekly