Poor Man's Feast by Elissa Altman
A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking

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The author smoothly weaves major themes into a tapestry with confidence, word choice, and her selection of entertaining, humorous, delightful, or tragic tales.
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Based on the James Beard Award-Winning Blog

Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and a food-fanatical father, Elissa learned early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining at fine establishments, from Le Pavillon to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical. She served rare game birds at elaborate dinner parties in an apartment so tiny that the guests couldn’t turn around and bought eight timbale molds while working at Dean & DeLuca, just to make her food tall.

Then, Elissa met and fell in love with Susan—a frugal, small-town Connecticut Yankee with a devotion to simple living—and it changed her relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever.

Told with tender and often hilarious honesty, and filled with twenty-six delicious recipes, Poor Man’s Feast is a tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, demonstrating how all our stories are inextricably bound up with how we feed ourselves and those we love.

Includes a preview of Elissa Altman's memoir, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw
 

About Elissa Altman

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Elissa Altman writes PoorMansFeast, winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog. A food and cookbook editor as well as writer, her work has appeared in Saveur, the New York Times, Gilt Taste, the Huffington Post, and has twice been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing. She lives in Conneticut with Susan Turner and a small herd of animals.
 
Published August 4, 2015 by Berkley. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Sally D. Ketchum on Mar 25 2013

The author smoothly weaves major themes into a tapestry with confidence, word choice, and her selection of entertaining, humorous, delightful, or tragic tales.

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