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Pass the Polenta: And Other Writings from the Kitchen (Paperback)
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"Food is not merely about calories and minimum daily requirements and metabolic pathways. At its very heart, food is about people."
--from Pass the Polenta
Likewise, people are at the heart of this warm, personal collection of food- and family-inspired essays by former professional chef and food historian Teresa Lust. An Italian immigrant grandmother who plucked chickens in the backyard; an introverted mushroom forager who collected chanterelles in the woods; a German auntie who learned to knead bread in a wooden bucket; an unassuming wine shop owner who, after closing, offers a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a delightfully unpretentious way to value a wine--all are key ingredients in the zesty culinary heritage that Teresa Lust lovingly serves up. Like the creamy, sweet polenta that wooed her father into her mother's robust Italian family, this book is filled with a myriad of rich flavors, history, kitchen tips, and recipes. Lessons in life learned at the stoves of the many seasoned cooks in Lust's world, these wonderful true stories are an expression of art and love, family and self, soil and the seasons.
"How appropriately named is Teresa Lust--her passion for food is in every word of her evocative Pass the Polenta. I'd like to be at the table when her platters come around."--FRANCES MAYES, Author of the New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun
"LIKE LAURIE COLWIN AND M.F.K. FISHER BEFORE HER . . . TERESA LUST GOES GUNNING FOR HAUTE CUISINE. . . . [A] HEARTY COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON FOOD AND FAMILY."--Los Angeles Times
"SOME OF THE FINEST WRITING ON FOOD AND COOKING IN PRINT . . . PASS THE POLENTA IS LUST'S FIRST BOOK. I HOPE IT WON'T BE HER LAST."--The Bloomsbury Review