Eat This Poem

A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry

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Pub Date 21 Mar 2017 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2017


A literary cookbook that celebrates food and poetry, two of life's essential ingredients.

In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and meals are richer and more meaningful. The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book—from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield—are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate. Eat This Poem opens us up to fresh ways of accessing poetry and lends new meaning to the foods we cook.
A literary cookbook that celebrates food and poetry, two of life's essential ingredients.

In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when...

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ISBN 9781611804010
PRICE $18.95 (USD)

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Eat This Poem is quite a different poetry and recipes book; it's nothing I've seem before. The layout of this book goes, a poem, a bit from the author and then recipes that go along with the poem. My three favorite poems in this book is How to Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam, The Orange by Campbell Mcgath, and Tea by Jehanne Dubrow. After the poem Tea by Jehanne Dubrow there is a recipe called Earl Grey Short Bread Cookies. They sound amazing, I really want to try them.
This book wasn't just filled with poetry, and recipes but parts about the author and her past with poem and food; this made the book even more enjoyable! I know a few poets I would love to give this book too!

(The review will be on Amazon as soon as I can post it, and the review will be up on my blog within the next few days.)

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It's not often that you read a blueberry pancake recipe with teary eyes from a moving poem about loss. (Unless you read the Eat this Poem blog, in which case I suppose that's in the realm of normality.)

The combination of poems, stories, and recipes is a creative and novel twist to the traditional cookbook, adding feeling to the recipes and grounding the poetry in everyday practicality.

The whole endeavor feels delightfully classy, like you're walking around an art gallery sipping wine you can't pronounce -- but the recipes are often comforting recipes that are appropriate for beginners and chefs alike. (I am especially looking forward to testing out the mushroom and brie quesadillas.)

This would go well an any cookbook collection, and would make a fun conversation piece as a coffee table book.

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"I came here hungry, I came here wanting," read the lines of a poem in the very middle of the text, putting poetic word to the feelings that had crescendoed in my blood on the receipt and opening of this text as someone who delights deeply in the arts of both poetry and cooking. This book should be enjoyed first, not in a kitchen, but in an armchair with a glass of red wine, curled up close to the pages.

When I first saw the synopsis on this book, I can admit I expected it to fall flat of any meager expectations, but it is divinely decadent. Each section starts with poem, and then there is a page following it discussing the meanings, emotion, imagery, and usage of some kitchen artifact from within that poetry. Then the recipes that follow it are in the perfect line for matching both of those.

I appreciated with relish and surprise, the section on tea (and I plan to try for this Earl Grey delicacies already) and the one on eating alone, and how that, too, should be relished with shameless gluttony and the same winning celebration of anything afforded a group. This books is an endless array of glittering jewels, for the mind and the palate, and I cannot recommend it enough.

To close with words from a poem in it, as well as open, "Don't wait. Bite in."

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What a truly glorious book - I really enjoyed spending time with these pages both for the poems and the recipes.

I have to say my favourite poem was The Onion by Margaret Gibson which really spoke to me at the time because my family was driving quietly round the twist so I really felt the line ' I could stay in bed and be the woman who aches for no reason...'

There so many poems I had never read before and that came to life because of the stories Nicole Gulotta told around them and the recipes she shared beside them.

Maple syrup added to Greek Yogurt as become my new secret vice and I'm gradually working my way through many of the recipes which are healthy, doable and yummy.

It is a book that would make a wonderful gift for someone in your life who likes to read and likes to cook - it is the perfect flavour.

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