By James Salter, Kay Salter
From the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning writer James Salter and his spouse, Kay—amateur cooks and excellent hosts—here is an enthralling, fantastically illustrated nutrients lover’s spouse that, with an access for every day of the 12 months, takes us from a 12th evening cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year’s Eve. Life Is Meals is wealthy with culinary knowledge, historical past, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors’ personal tales in their triumphs—and catastrophes—in the kitchen.
The menu at the Titanic at the deadly evening
Reflections on eating from Queen Victoria, JFK, Winnie the Pooh, Garrison Keillor, and so forth
The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the right martini
How to make your mind up whom to ask to a dinner party—and whom to not
John Irving’s family members recipe for meatballs; Balzac’s love of coffee
The maximum dinner ever given on the White condominium
Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m.
Sophisticated in addition to sensible, opinionated, and crucial, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the distinction of food and drinks, and the enjoyment of sharing them with others. “The meal is the brand of civilization,” the Salters detect. “What could one comprehend of lifestyles accurately lived, or nights as they need to be spent, except meals?”
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