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A collection of essays by top literary talents and food writers, Breaking Bread celebrates local foods, family, and community, while exploring how what's on our plates engages with what's off: grief, pleasure, love, ethics, race, and class.
Here, you'll find Lily King on chocolate chip cookies, Richard Russo on beans, Jennifer Finney Boylan on homemade pizza, Susan Minot on the non-food food of her youth, and Richard Ford on why food doesn't much interest him. Nancy Harmon Jenkins talks scallops, and Sandy Oliver the pleasures of being a locavore. Other essays address a beloved childhood food from Iran, the horror of starving in a prison camp, the urge to bake pot brownies for an ill friend, and the pleasure of buying a prized chocolate egg for a child.
Profits from this collection will benefit Blue Angel, a nonprofit combating food insecurity by delivering healthy food from local farmers to those in need.
Margery Irvine has lived in Maine for over 50 years, making her a Person from Away. Her writing life has included weekly newspaper columns, essays, articles, and recorded pieces for Maine Public Radio. She teaches part-time at the University of Maine and is a Trustee of the Maine Humanities Council and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School. Marge and her husband, the artist William Irvine, live on the coast of Maine with their Shetland Sheepdog, Tam.
Annaliese Jakimides is a writer and mixed media artist who grew up in inner-city Boston and raised a family on 40+ acres in northern Maine, growing almost all their food and pumping water by hand. She currently lives in an apartment in a small city next to a library. In addition to working with urban environmental justice organizations and international arts groups, she has developed humanities programs for schools and discussed life through the lens of children’s literature in a variety of settings, including prisons, community centers, and libraries. Cited in national competitions and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her poetry and prose have been included in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, and broadcast on National Public Radio. annaliesejakimides.com
Nearly 70 renowned New England writers gather round the table to talk food and how it sustains us—mind, body, and soul