Monday, July 03, 2006

Julie Powell on reading for the stomach at the London Times:

No Tuscan hills and love among the foie gras for me. Just as a day at the beach isn’t complete without sand in uncomfortable places, I like food writing with grit.

Nora Ephron’s Heartburn (Virago) is a classic in the post-divorce revenge genre — try her linguine alla cecca for a simple summer meal.

Judith Moore’s wry Never Eat Your Heart Out (Profile) examines heartbreaks through the prism of apple pie and mashed potatoes. Or take a refreshing dive into Christine Sismondo’s Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History (McArthur). Chock-full of boozy facts and tart observations, with chapter headings such as “The Bloody Mary and the Communist Threat”, this goes down like a perfect margarita. If you’re in the mood for horror, try The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin) by Michael Pollan — a sobering look at commercial agriculture with gallows humour and only the barest glimmer of hope.

Julie Powell is the author of Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Fig Tree) Stomach