The Best Thing I Ever Tasted by Sallie Tisdale
The Secret of Food

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An award-winning essayist explores how our relationship to food reflects the ever-changing American identity.

"Sallie Tisdale takes subjects that in other hands might seem mundane or overdone and renders them unforgettable."--San Francisco Examiner

Few things in modern life have the power to shape our lives like food. It controls us as consumers, as social animals, as guilty creatures of appetite. And although we like to feel that our choices about eating are deliberate and rational, so many of our food decisions are dictated to us--by a culture that's more obsessed than ever with how we eat, by a food industry that tells us what we can and can't consume, and by our own unacknowledged food hang-ups.

With disarming clarity and insight, Tisdale urges us to examine both our public and private attitudes about food--as they define family life, ethnic identification, and everyday rituals of eating. And her lively anecdotes and uncanny sense of the relationship between food and personality reveal a distinctive food ideology. Through a mixture of history, sociology, recipe, and memoir, her book deftly pieces together the many contradictory impulses that create the modern American appetite.

About Sallie Tisdale

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Sallie Tisdale is the author of several books, including "The Best Thing I Ever Tasted" and "Talk Dirty to Me." She is a consulting editor at "Tricycle." Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including "Harper"'s, the "New Yorker, New Republic, Allure, Outside, Vogue, Tin House, Antioch Review, " and "Creative Nonfiction." Tisdale is currently training as a priest at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon.
Published January 1, 2000 by Riverhead Books. 211 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Instead, she commends the “Slow Food” movement, disparaging the selling out of natural/health food stores while hungrily searching her childhood pantry for something not processed by Campbell’s, General Mills, Nabisco, or Quaker.

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In this informal book-length essay, Tisdale (Talk Dirty to Me) examines food and our relationships with it.

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Sallie Tisdale (Talk Dirty to Me) knows that behind the next global-fusion food trend or the newest diet book simmers our furtive desire for tamale pie, Velveeta cheese sandwiches fried in butter, and Campbell's cream of mushroom soup., Her absorbing, wide-ranging look at our cultural food p...

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What a fascinating tour guide Tisdale makes as she spins off commentary on gourmet cooking, Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, global cuisine, fast food business, and casual dining chains.

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