Our current Cook the Books Club read has been Eat Joy, Stories and Comfort Food, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, and this December/January round hosted by fellow Hawaiian co-host, Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.
Of course, with any compilation of essays, by various authors, there are going to be some you love, some you really like, a few you don't get all that excited about, and some you might skip over, if not actually dislike. There were enough here to make for an enjoyable read, to open up a door of understanding with uncomfortable subjects, some new information, and a bit of just good humor. The first story one I read, No Alzheimer's in India, by Antoine Wilson, definitely came under the category of humor, as well as new information, which, when I did some research, was actually backed up by medical science. We all need more turmeric in our diets.
Lovely to have variety and a bit of spice in our reading as well as eating, something to nibble on in between times is a good palate cleanser. It must be said, many of the recipes were included as illustrative, not meant to be especially wonderful in themselves. From the Publishers:
"This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America’s most well–regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times—be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache