Words Delicious Words October 25, 2002
"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with
abandon or not at all." ~Harriet Van Horne
This eclectic collection was first published in 1996 and
since then, this literary gem is back in print with a new cover.
Sherman Asher Publishing is trying to change the world one book
at a time.
Poetry and Cuisine unite in a blissful expression of love of
food, cooking and writing.
The pleasure of poetry and cuisine are given a voice in one
The tastes and aromas in
food are just as important as the recipes themselves. A great
poem about food can recreate the powerful images and emotions
that inspired the poet while they were cooking.
"The syrup should drip in an amber pool
Over the white flan, reflecting the light.
Cooked so it slides gently on the plate.
A taste like sun-dried roads,
Red geraniums in shaded patios,
And dreaming in the afternoon...."
-Deborah Casillas who also shares her Flan Recipe
60 contributors shared their heirloom recipes and each has a
short biography at the end of the book. These recipes were
tested by Lisa Sarenduc.
The recipes and poems often share opposite pages. The
cook/poet is the author of both.
The Contents include:
Assembling the Pieces: Appetizers, Relishes, Salsas
Soups and Salvation
Grist for the Mill: Pastas, Grains, and Breads
Desserts and Remembrance
In the first chapter Anne Marie Mackler writes a cute story
about her brother Bernie chasing her about trying to make her
eat a pickled pepper which she finally learns to enjoy. Her
recipes included dill pickle juice and jalapenos and is called
James' Winter Salsa.
When Marian Olson speaks of onions as "pearls of the
earth" wanting tears, I keep wanting to find her and ask
her if she has put the onions in the refrigerator. I no longer
cry when chopping onions, most of the time.
Some of the recipes:
Chicken Ginger Soup
New England Strawberry Pie
Chicken Breast A L'Orange
Many of the poems will make you laugh, some are quite
profound and will make you nostalgic for times gone by. Many
poems take on a more narrative style. You might even add a few
tears to the recipes now and then by accident. ;)
Essential for your culinary collection! Suddenly food becomes
an unforgettable sensuous and emotional experience. Don't be
surprised if all of a sudden you start
writing a poem in a moment of inspiration. To put it mildly:
"I LOVE this book!"
Inspirational and Highly recommended.