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Bittersweet Lessons from My Mother's Kitchen by Matt McAllester
  

Bittersweet Lessons from My Mother's Kitchen

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Bittersweet Lessons from My Mother's Kitchen by Matt McAllester

On a sunny morning in May 2005, foreign correspondent Matt McAllester's mother, Ann, died unexpectedly of a heart attack, and despite having spent six years reporting on death and devastation from the world's most brutal war zones, he was pole-axed by grief. Pole-axed, and also astonished to be grieving for a woman who had been largely absent from his life, lost for two-and-a-half decades in her private world of madness. In the weeks and months that followed, Matt found himself poring over old family photos and letters, searching for the warm, quick-witted and beautiful woman he remembered from his earliest childhood, who had now vanished for the second time. But as he looked anew at her long-cherished collection of cookbooks, it occurred to him that the best way to find her again might be through something they both treasured: the food she had once lovingly prepared for her family before she was snatched away from them by illness. With the help of Elizabeth David, the cookery writer his mother most revered, Matt embarked on a culinary journey, returning from the front lines to cook Ann's much-loved recipes: from cassoulet, to spare ribs, to steak with Bordelaise sauce, to oeufs en cocotte, to strawberry ice cream - the source of one of his happiest memories. And for the first time he had someone to prepare these dishes for: his new wife, with whom he was trying to conceive a child. Bittersweet is McAllester's poignant account of rediscovering his mother's life, coming to terms with her death, and travelling towards a new future as a father. Powerful, affecting and interspersed with mouth-watering recipes, it is a moving testament to the healing power of cooking for those you love.

Reviews

'Both a memoir and a moving tribute to McAllester's late mother...McAllester revisits his youth in this personal and heartfelt memoir'
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'The precision of his descriptions, his frankness, and his defiant irony ... gives us a powerful portrait of a family's courage, tragedy and love'
Rory Stewart, author of The Places in Between

'A scrupulously honest dispatch that's every bit as gripping as a report from Abu Ghraib, and every bit as vital'
Newsweek

'All the ingredients are here for a beautiful book'
Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Matt McAllester is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a correspondent for Newsday for thirteen years before returning to London. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Pernilla. Winner of a number of awards, including the Osborn Elliott Award for Excellence for his coverage of Nepal in 2006 and several overseas Press Club citations for his international reporting, he is currently a contributing editor at Details.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th April 2011

Author

Matt McAllester

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Memoirs
Cookery / food & drink etc
Coping with death & bereavement

ISBN

9781408809600

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