Thursday, March 02, 2006

Humble Pie

A growing genre in the world of food writing is the food memoir (like Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires or Julie Powell's Julie and Julia). Being a mostly nonfiction-reading kind of gal, I usually snap up these books soon as they are published. I finally bought Anne Dimock's Humble Pie after hearing her read an excerpt on NPR. It's wonderful--the kind of book you could both start and finish on a Saturday afternoon.

My favorite chapter: "Pie as a Feminist Tool." Brief summary: Baking pies can be a subversive act, so don't be fooled by the benevolent matrons slaving over crusts in their kitchens. They're up to something, that's for sure.


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