Let's start with this one. My dear friend Carmen gave me this book last year before we took flight to Switzerland and as she handed it over (after she had first read it) she gave me a look that said, this is you! Read this one Mona, you need to read it. Oh Carmen - How I wish I had read that book a year ago. It truly was a great story. I got sucked in from the start and did not want to put it down until finished. I was highly suspicious about the 'pray' chapters as I am just not all that religious, but this was done well and gave me the spiritual pick me up I needed. (trust Carmen to know this was what I needed).
I do not think that she wrote very well when it comes to the food. She seems like she is a foodie when you read the book, but she did not describe the food as I would have. Elizabeth Gilbert has a very nice style of writing. Just very 'here is exactly what is on my mind today and what happens etc' - not a heavy read. perfect for a summer holiday tote bag and of course the nice glass of wine close by. I can mail my copy to you if you want to read it.
Yes - I read this book. OK. so a little heavier than the first one, this too was a gift from my Canadian food friend Christine Elizabeth Smart. She gave me this 2 years ago when I went to visit her in paradise - otherwise known as Victoria, BC. I promised her I would read it and even though it took me a little bit longer than expected, I am glad I swam through it. It is a story about the Great American Food Revolution. I loved David Kamps sense of humor and believe it or not, this book made me 'hungry' so that can only mean his food writing skills are pretty good. He had some really interesting footnotes too for those that need 'learning, or facts' in a good read. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I cannot say I would have called it a page turner and I am pretty sure there was more napping and wine drinking to distract me with this one.
C'est la vie............
And, of course we must finish with the heaviest read. Edward Behr is a favorite of both Ron and mines and were were only too happy to pack this in our holiday bags. Ron is finishing up the book as we speak and I have read most of it. It is a revised edition of his 1992 book and addresses the raw materials of good food, salt and pepper to salmon, ham, mustard, beef, apples, vanilla, cream, coffee. It is a heavy read and although Ron has sailed through it swimmingly I will happily tell you I had to dig out my food thesaurus several times as it gets quite wordy. However, it is written so well and filled with such interesting facts - I would almost call it a page turner.
Happy reading food lovers,
Signing off for today,