A Slice of Life is a collection of contemporary food writing that readers can really sink their teeth into: one that examines the ineluctable link between nourishment, literature, and society. Represented here are some of the world's best known writers, many of whom like Nigella Lawson, Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Anthony Bourdain are well known for their alimentary musings, while others, like Charles Simic, Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, Wole Soyinka and Susan Sontag are better known for their writings in other genres; all speak eloquently on the nature of food, language, and the adaptability of social customs.
Bonnie Marranca has cooked up a tempting meal of writings that reflect on how the consumption of food or the lack of it takes on larger social significance. A Slice of Life is a banquet that readers will savor through its many courses.
A mixture of cerebral and emotional nourishment A Slice of Life is filled with superbly conceived and compellingly crafted essays .My favorite essay of the bunch I cannot decide. It would be akin to choosing between roast duck and chocolate-chip cheesecake as my favorite food. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Thoughtful, earnest, funny and nostalgic the book makes for good nibbling, like popping a couple of olives when life hands you a few spare moments. San Diego Union-Tribune
Bonnie Marranca is the editor of American Garden Writing and The Hudson Valley Lives, as well as the author of many books and articles about the theater. The recipient of a Fulbright award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has taught at Princeton, the University of Iowa, Duke, Columbia, and NYU. She divides her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Betty Fussell writes frequently about food for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, Wine and Food, Bon Appetit, Ladies Home Journal, and Vogue. Her books include Home Bistro, I Hear America Cooking, The Story of Corn, and My Kitchen Wars.