Nearly 70 renowned New England writers gather round the table to talk food and how it sustains us—mind, body, and soul

Product Code: 9305
ISBN: 9780807013045
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 320
Published Date: 09/05/2023
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Price: $18.00

A collection of essays by top literary talents and food writers, Breaking Bread celebrates local foods, family, and community, while exploring how what’s on our plates engages with what’s off: grief, pleasure, love, ethics, race, and class.

Here, you’ll find Lily King on chocolate chip cookies, Richard Russo on beans, Jennifer Finney Boylan on homemade pizza, Susan Minot on the non-food food of her youth, and Richard Ford on why food doesn’t much interest him. Nancy Harmon Jenkins talks scallops, and Sandy Oliver the pleasures of being a locavore. Other essays address a beloved childhood food from Iran, the horror of starving in a prison camp, the urge to bake pot brownies for an ill friend, and the pleasure of buying a prized chocolate egg for a child.

Profits from this collection will benefit Blue Angel, a nonprofit combating food insecurity by delivering healthy food from local farmers to those in need.


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“Taken together, the pieces strike a nice emotional balance . . . These intimate reflections hit the spot.” —Publishers Weekly

“The writing displays more local color than a steamed lobster wearing wild blueberry bracelets, along with a mess of wistful nostalgia for any reader raised in Maine or New England in general.” —Portland Press Herald

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