The Ten Best Books About Food of 2018

The Ten Best Books About Food of 2018

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In the opening pages of You and I Eat the Same, an impressive collection of essays and stories about how food connects people across political lines and cultural borders, editor Chris Ying admits that he wasn’t initially sold on the book’s title. “I’m still not prepared to say that you and I eat exactly the same,” Ying admits in the introduction. “But after reading what our contributors had to say about the ways food links us together, I feel distinctly closer to other people.” Maybe that’s because it’s hard to argue with many of the book’s points: For one, myriad cultures wrap meat in some form of flatbread (think tacos, dosas, scallion pancakes, and more). Consider, too, that people the world over prepare their own version of fried chicken (Koreans, Japanese, and Americans, to name a few). The book is the first in a series by MAD, a global food symposium launched by modernist chef René Redzepi, who co-owns the groundbreaking Copenhagen restaurant Noma. Redzepi penned the forward, and in his own essay contribution, “If It Does Well, It Belongs Here,” promotes the idea of venturing outside one’s culinary comfort zone. Hear, hear!


via Smithsonian

November 24, 2018 at 03:55PM

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