In this food memoir, Judith Newton shares the unforgettable story of a life on the front lines of activism and in the kitchen. During a difficult childhood, food and cooking were sources of comfort and emotional sustenance. And in the decades to come, through her marriage to a gay man, her discovery of feminism, her life in a commune, and her career as an academic, she used food to sustain personal and political relationships, mourn losses, and celebrate victories. As she earned her activist stripes in the 1960s and beyond, she also learned how food could ease tension, foster community, and build cross-racial ties.
Tasting Home combines recipes with personal vignettes, in the classic form of food memoirs by writers such as M.F.K. Fisher and Ruth Reichl, to take us on a remarkable journey through the cuisines, cultural spirit, and politics of the 1940s through the 2000s inviting us to feel how deeply food is tied to identity, love, community, and political engagement.
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Tasting Home has received ten independent press awards and a starred review (meaning
"outstanding in its genre") from Publisher's Weekly Select.
"In this elegantly written work, there's a sense of tension, of waiting for the other shoe to drop that creates a subliminal buzz. Through her personal story, Newton manages to weave in the entire course of the culture, a reflection of her skills as an historian and an accomplished writer as well as a born storyteller."
Jeanette Ferrary, author of Out of the Kitchen and M.F.K. Fisher and Me
"In this captivating memoir, each vignette is pitch-perfect, lively, and engaging, striking a delicate balance between self-disclosure and universal themes of acceptance, love, community-building, and political engagement."
Janet A. Flammang, author of The Taste for Civilization
"Influenced by the civil rights struggle, the women's movement, and the AIDS epidemic, Tasting Home is an odyssey of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth and, like a grand meal, it is a resounding success."
Belinda Robnett, author of African-American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights