“Poor Man’s Feast” by Elissa Altman



I just heard about a new book that I cannot wait to read. Elissa Altman, who writes the blog PoorMansFeast (winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog) has written a book that chronicles how a citified foodie came to embrace a simplified view of food and cooking. As a unabashed urban foodie who also cares deeply about sustainability and eating local, I am all too familiar with the tug of compromises one ends up embracing. Hoping for some answers and support, I am truly looking forward to reading Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking.

From the press release:

From James Beard Award-winning writer Elissa Altman comes a story that marries wit to warmth, and flavor to passion. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining everywhere from Le Pavillion to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical, from the rare game birds she served at elaborate dinner parties in an apartment so tiny that guests couldn’t turn around, to the eight timbale molds she bought while working at Dean & DeLuca, so she could make her food as tall as possible.

But love does strange things to people, and when Elissa met Susan — a small-town Connecticut Yankee with parsimonious tendencies and a devotion to simple living — it would change Elissa’s relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. With tender and often hilarious honesty (and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man’s Feast is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.

Stay tuned for a recipe from Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking  coming later this week.

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