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Hunger Games: Three Memoirs Where Food Takes Center Stage

Jan 01, 2019 - The New York Times

THE BREAD AND THE KNIFE A Life in 26 Bites By Dawn Drzal 257 pp. Arcade. $19.99.

Culinary memoirists often seem torn between telling a story and sharing their favorite dishes. As befits a former cookbook editor, Drzal centers the food, offering us an alphabet of 26 gastronomical essays ranging from “Al Dente” to “Zucchini Blossoms.” A sprinkling of recipes completes the collection.

Reading these evocative pieces feels like pulling old Polaroids out of a shoe box. “F” is f...