Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community and the Meaning of Generosity (Hardback)
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Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community and the Meaning of Generosity (Hardback)

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Hardback 128 Pages
Published: 24/10/2019
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An exquisite little edition blessed with gorgeous endpapers, Basil’s thoughtful book is a meditation on food and its intimate connections to race, class and community. Tackling highly charged issues such as inequality and waste with charm, grace and measured wisdom, Be My Guest presents a rounded portrait of the place of cuisine and dining in today’s fragmented global society.

Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Debut Food Book of the Year Award 2020

'A brave and beautiful exploration into food, race, memory and the very meaning of life. I read it greedily - and so will you' - Meera Sodha

The dinner table, among friends, is where the best conversations take place - talk about the world, religion, politics, culture, love and cooking. In the same way, Be My Guest is a conversation about all these things, mediated through the sharing of food.

We live in a world where some have too much and others not enough, where migrants and refugees are both welcomed and vilified, and where most of us spend less and less time cooking and eating together. Priya Basil explores the meaning and limits of hospitality today, and in doing so she invites us to consider that how much we have in common may depend on what we are willing to share.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781786898494
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

An intimate, delicious and thought-provoking story, told with warmth, humour and generosity - NIGEL SLATER

A powerful meditation on hospitality . . . Packed with such brilliance - Observer, Best Food Book of the Year

[Basil's] notion of "unconditional hospitality" could save the world . . . Her views are radical and persuasive, rooted in the knotty, sensual, frequently funny complexity of her peripatetic life . . . compellingly beautiful - Financial Times

The subject of food and its many-threaded associations - of generosity and privation, sharing and hoarding, diversity and denial, pleasure and fear - is the starting point for this absorbing meditation on the interface of self with other in contemporary Europe. Priya Basil writes with honesty, clarity and wit about what it means to be hospitable in a culture of selfishness, and the problems and possibilities of commonality - RACHEL CUSK

A brave and beautiful exploration into food, race, memory and the very meaning of life. I read it greedily - and so will you - MEERA SODHA

Be My Guest is a great essay on food and hospitality, on the act of sharing meals together, of family and of migration. It uses food and feeding guests and ideas of hospitality to ask bigger, wider questions about the precariousness of immigration and the inhospitable times we find ourselves in. Beautifully, deliciously written - NIKESH SHUKLA

A nourishing celebration of global culture and creeds [and] a thoughtful reflection . . . Written with poetry and heart, Basil manages to unite huge themes that affect us all while capturing the beauty of sharing - Stylist

Reading this rich exploration of what it means to cook for others is like pulling up a chair at the ideal dinner party. The food is mouth-watering . . . but just as nourishing is the conversation, which embraces hospitality in its many guises . . . irresistible - Observer

Really rather wonderful . . . [A] warm gem of a book - JACKIE MORRIS

A candid, often very funny, insightful look at food and the complexity of hospitality - a brilliant book - JENNY LINFORD, author of The Missing Ingredient

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