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Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad

by Doris Friedensohn

Availablepaperback$35.00x 978-0-8131-9164-5
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264 pages  Pubdate: 07/21/2006  6 x 9  photos

What do we learn from eating? About ourselves? Others? In this unique memoir, Doris Friedensohn takes eating as an occasion for inquiry. Munching on quesadillas and kimchi in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, she reflects on the meanings of cultural inclusion and what it means to our diverse nation. Enjoying couscous in Tunisia and khatchapuri (cheese bread) in the Republic of Georgia, she explores the ways strangers maintain their differences and come together. Friedensohn’s subjects range from Thanksgiving at a Middle Eastern restaurant to fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca. Her wry dramas of the dining room, restaurant, market, and kitchen ripple with geopolitical, economic, psychological, and spiritual tensions. Eating as I Go is Friedensohn’s distinctive combination of memoir, traveler’s tale, and cultural commentary.

Both the travel writing devotee and the food memoir lover will relish [it]. -- Best of Bergen

Reads like a refreshing breeze redolent of delicious foods. -- Betty Fussell, author of My Kitchen Wars

A heady mix of cultural interactions and insights all linked with a fascination of and appreciation for food. -- California Bookwatch

In an engaging series of memoir essays, Friedensohn shares with us her lifelong quest for new cultures, foods, and tastes. . . . Reveals the soul of an insightful and sympathetic woman, examining the relationship between culture and food. -- Library Journal

In quiet tones, Friedensohn describes meals eaten and friendships formed over the years, both in the United States and abroad. . . . An enjoyable volume. -- Publisher Weekly

“It is a lovely memoir whether eating couscous in Tunisia or khachapuri in Republic of Georgia.”—Connie Martison, Beverly Hills Courier -- Beverly Hills Courier