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Eat This Poem is an inspiration.
In our contemporary world, where ready made food calls from every corner, the act of cooking for ourselves has become a form of meditation and connection. So a book that brings together twenty five poems and perhaps four times as many recipes makes perfect sense. Preparing a meal and reading a poem are experiences that allow us to slow down and offer our attention.
Eat this Poem is also lovely to behold as a physical object. Its format, size, graphics, fonts, drawings, even the thick paper cover all reflect the content within perfectly.
I suspect its small size might turn some cookbook lovers off; we are used to the glossy, the bright, and the oversized on the cookbook aisle. But its diminution is one of the reasons it is a great everyday cookbook. It fits in your bag to take to the store. (I often leave mine in my backpack so I can shop the farmer’s market or the grocery across from work with recipes in tow). Its imperceptible weight means you can pack it in your suitcase for a trip where you will have access to a kitchen.
And its book-like presence stacks with other novels on the coffee table without looking out of place. Which means it gets picked up and enjoyed frequently.
The recipes are all made with fresh and basic ingredients and nothing is too complicated for those with some kitchen experience. The emphasis, poem-like, is on freshness and simplicity. Herbs play a large part.
Just two months after purchasing a copy, five of the recipes (including Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, and Basil Pesto as well as Rosemary and Brown Butter Popcorn) ) have already become part of my repertoire of go-to basics.
Poets featured include Jane Hirshfield, Billy Collins, and Margaret Gibson. Author Nicole Gulotta follows each poem with a simple analysis, meditating on themes like “Occasionally it is good for us to become small.”
Gulotta has created an endearing and useful work. This is a special little book.
— Barbette Houser
A literary cookbook thatcelebrates food and poetry, two of life's essential ingredients.
In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and meals are richer and more meaningful. The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book—from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield—are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate. Eat This Poem opens us up to fresh ways of accessing poetry and lends new meaning to the foods we cook.
About the Author
Nicole Gulotta is a writer, recipe developer, and the creator of Eat This Poem, a literary food blog that has been recognized by publications including Saveur, the Los Angeles Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and Poetry. Nicole received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and studied literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Visit her online at www.eatthispoem.com.
"Flipping through the pages of Eat This Poem will make you feel as though you're sitting down with an old, wise friend over tea—with the anticipation of a great meal to follow. The poems, and the stories behind each recipe, reinforce how meaningful the simple act of feeding and nourishing ourselves and our family is. A must for the reader and cook in your life!" —Megan Gordon, author of Whole-Grain Mornings
“I have always appreciated how Nicole brings a peace and stillness to the kitchen as she connects recipes with poetry. What a piece of art to have a book that delightfully marries the two.”—Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon
"As [Gulotta] points out, both poets and cooks are makers; she celebrates the craft of these artisans with 75-plus recipes and accompanying poems.” —Booklist
"Reading and eating. What could be more consoling?" —Toronto Star