Friday, August 1

A Response to the Responses

Thanks to all who chimed in with their culinary two-cents.  Special credit to Nimoy, who made her very own blog post on orange-glazed tofu.  Check it out, it looks delicious!  Props for using three of the five prompt ingredients.  

Also, since few of you were willing to take the plunge and wager guesses on my literary references, here they are, with my heartfelt (although not always first-hand) recommendation:

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson)
Jeanette Winterson's gastronomically-endowed autobiography, replete with food-tinged metaphors and told in her very distinct, particularly captivating style.  Not my favorite Winterson, but still an excellent literary experience.  

Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu, and Pronouns (Nancy Ortberg)
A series of essays on the mundane nature of the divine, which, it appears, includes that most mundane of vittles: tofu.  Heavy on the Christian overtones, but an interesting approach to daily spirituality nonetheless.

Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)
From Goodreads: "A delightful and unexpected collection of pieces by writers, foodies, and others-including Nora Ephron, Marcella Hazan, and Ann Patchett-on the distinctive experiences of cooking for one and dining alone."  Highly recommended by one Nancy E., and particularly germane to my current situation.
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 The Agony and the Eggplant (Walter Hogan)
Biography of children's author/illustrator/humorist Daniel Pinkwater.  I can't actually vouch for this one, but on a somewhat related note, Irving Stone's biographical novel of Michelangelo, The Agony and the Ectasy, belongs on everyone's reading list.  

Peel My Love Like an Onion (Ana Castillo)
A Mexican flamenco dancer riddled with Polio navigates the mores of urban Chicago.  Maybe not so deep, but the Goodreads comments seem to concur that the voice is "authentic."  You be the judge.  

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E. L. Konigsberg)
A childhood favorite; a classic.  If you haven't explored the Met with a pair of runaway children, if you've never thought of bathing in fountains and fishing for pennies to pay for your next meal, if you've never vicariously fallen in love with a mysterious statue...then drop whatever you're doing and head to the nearest library.  There's also Amazon.  You won't regret it.

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