Eat drink book archives – [pank]

Every book I pick up these days seems to be filled with food. Chicken marinade recipe for bbq Is it I? Is it because I write this column? Is it fiction lending itself to letting people eat and eat and eat? I don’t know. Best beef jerky marinade That’s part of what I’m exploring here each month—how do food and writing connect … and why.

Some connections are obvious, of course.


Best chicken marinade for grilling Novels are populated with humans and as humans we do a lot of eating. Good steak marinades Ritual, celebration. Pork scotch fillet steak marinade Food binds us to each other.

When I read a scene that has a character eating, I can sneak under that person’s skin; I can be that person. Tasty chicken marinade Even though I’m a vegetarian, there I am eating a steak. Easy steak marinades Continue reading >

Tagged Eat Drink Book, Jami Attenberg, Sherrie Flick, The Middlesteins Eat Drink Book: Joy Katz, All You Do is Perceive

For the past three years I’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve in Key Largo with the writer Chuck Kinder, his wife Diane Cecily, and my husband Rick Schweikert. Grilled pork marinade Chuck and Diane’s rental has a beautiful deck on which one can drink coffee, wine, and cocktails while watching dolphins frolic and manatees loll in the Gulf of Mexico. Top round steak marinade The view is like the idea of love manifested. Pork chop bbq marinade The view reminds me of the wonderful last line of the title poem of Joy Katz’s new book: “I was given nothing but the air, and the air dazzled.”

I ring in the New Year with friends and a sunset, eat fish, sip cocktails, with a final clink of champagne glasses around the table. Teriyaki chicken marinade for grilling “Let’s toast to another year!” we say. Pork loin steak marinade “I’m still alive!” Chuck says. Marinade for ribeye steak And we laugh and toast again.

New Years Day I make spicy black-eyed peas. Steak marinade with red wine I’m actually doing this right now as I write this post. Pork loin chops marinade They’re bubbling on the stove. Best bbq chicken marinade Simmering away—offering up potential, celebrating hope.

While I wait on the peas, I’m also reading the poetry collection All You Do is Perceive by Joy Katz. Pork loin marinade for smoking I’m perched on a bar stool at the kitchen counter, palm trees sway outside the big picture window. Best marinade for ribeye steak Continue reading >

Tagged All You Do is Perceive, blackeye peas, Eat Drink Book, Fourway Books, Joy Katz, New Year, recipe, Sherrie Flick Eat Drink Book: Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

This month at Eat Drink Book, I stir and shake Richard Yates’ novel Revolutionary Road.*

Published in 1961 but set in 1955, Revolutionary Road gives witness to the burgeoning, now cliched and reproduced on coasters, dish towels, fridge magnets, and televisions shows, 1950’s suburban culture.

As the novel unfolds, we crawl into Frank and April Wheeler’s relationship and watch it fester and boil behind their pristine picture window. Best grilled chicken marinade recipe Frank Wheeler–perhaps the best ever written anti-hero–drinks, his wife April drinks, his co-workers drink, his mistress, their friends, their real estate agent, everyone—everyone—drinks in this book. Easy grilled chicken marinade And they seem to, amazingly, hold their liquor. Pork loin cooking time per pound Continue reading >

Tagged drinking, Eat Drink Book, novel, Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates, Sherrie Flick Eat Drink Book: Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

This is the first installment of Eat Drink Book. Pork loin cooking time per kg Each month I’ll explore food and drink in literature. Pork loin cooking time and temp This month it’s Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pork loin cooking time calculator Written in 1940 when McCullers was just 23 years old this novel follows a host of townspeople and their interconnected, isolated, lonely lives. Pork loin cooking time oven Obsessed with the dark corners of society, the slightly and overtly freakish people who inhabit the world with their fetishes and haunting thoughts, McCullers depicts people who lurk in shadows, wander into all-night restaurants like The New York Cafe.

McCullers uses food in The Heart … to help establish character, class, and setting. Making beef jerky in oven Singer, the character to which the other characters are drawn, the outsider (he moved to the small town from Chicago), the Jew–always has a distinguished selection of food in his small apartment. Chicken barbecue marinade recipe Fresh oranges and candies and wine or whiskey or gin, which he keeps neatly tucked into a closet. Delicious chicken marinade He serves his visitors ceremoniously. Pork chop grill marinade “They sat at the table and drank hot coffee out of blue cups. Pork chop recipe marinade The room was cool and the half-drawn shades softened the hard glare from the windows. Good chicken marinade for grilling Singer brought from his closet a tin box that contained a loaf of bread, some oranges, and cheese. Best chicken marinade recipe He did not eat much, but sat leaning back in his chair with one hand in his pocket (55-56).” Singer is a deaf mute and his silence adds to the accumulating grace. Good chicken marinade recipes When Singer travels to visit his Greek friend Spiros Antonapoulos he brings a brightly wrapped fruit basket, a box of walnut-sized just-ripe strawberries. Best pork chop marinade ever When he checks into his hotel room, he orders room service, a decadent combination of “…broiled bluefish, hominy, French toast, and hot black coffee.” Continue reading >

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