FREE BOOKS! | Food is culture, even if the culture is white trash! The first person to write in and request one of the two very different books linked below gets it for free. Limit one per person and you must request a specific book and send me your mailing address (although we won’t use your email or postal address for anything other than sending you the book). If you’ve won a book here in the past please give someone else a chance to score these titles.
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Gone! Sent to Adele of Rosetta, Australia
Food Is Culture | By Massimo Montanari: “Elegantly written by a distinguished culinary historian, Food Is Culture explores the innovative premise that everything having to do with food& mdash;its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption — represents a cultural act. Even the “choices” made by primitive hunters and gatherers were determined by a culture of economics (availability) and medicine (digestibility and nutrition) that led to the development of specific social structures and traditions. Massimo Montanari begins with the ‘invention’ of cooking which allowed humans to transform natural, edible objects into cuisine. Cooking led to the creation of the kitchen, the adaptation of raw materials into utensils, and the birth of written and oral guidelines to formalize cooking techniques like roasting, broiling, and frying. The transmission of recipes allowed food to acquire its own language and grow into a complex cultural product shaped by climate, geography, the pursuit of pleasure, and later, the desire for health.” —Amazon.com (List price: $22.50)
Gone! Sent to Elizabeth of Manchester, New Hampshire
White Trash Gatherings: From-scratch Cooking for Down-home Entertaining | By Kendra Bailey Morris: “With a respectful nod to Ernie Mickler’s original WHITE TRASH COOKING, Kendra Bailey Morris pulls open the back door of her Granny Boohler’s kitchen to chronicle the next generation of cookin’ and socializin’ the Southern white trash way. Bubbling over with treasured family recipes, entertaining ideas, and crafty decor suggestions, WHITE TRASH GATHERINGS has the perfect dish for every occasion, whether it’s potlucking, just havin’ ’em ovah, headin’ home for the holidays, or creating a holy gatherin’ from scratch. Next time the kin sets down to Sunday supper, serve it West Virginia style, and make sure there’s plenty, ’cause when Maw Maw and Paw Paw come from down ’round Possum Hollow, they’ll be expecting to leave with a belly-full.” —Amazon.com (List price: $19.95)