Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen (Paperback)Rebecca May Johnson (author)
A bracingly original, boundary-breaking exploration of cooking and the kitchen, from a rising star in food writing.
Small Fires reinvents cooking - that simple act of rolling up our sleeves, wielding a knife, splattering red hot sauce on our books - as a way of experiencing ourselves and the world. Cooking is thinking: about the liberating constraint of tying apron strings; the meaning of appetite and bodily pleasure; the wild subversiveness of the recipe; the power of small fires burning everywhere.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Small Fires is... brave enough to hurt feelings, and delicious enough for no one to care.' -The New York Times
'In Small Fires, Johnson explores how the food we make and the ways we make it-and then the stories we tell about making it-shape who we are... mixing deeply personal anecdotes with more complex theory, Small Fires is at once relatable and mind-expanding.' - Vogue
'In this slim, spicy, genre-defining work, Rebecca May Johnson spatchcocks the division between intellectual and domestic labor... blending humor and academic citation, poetic lineation, and personal reverie, this inquiry into the nature of cooking is as delightfully messy as the process itself-some serious food for thought.' - Oprah Daily
'A gorgeous book... I love to read about the body and I love to read about food, and this tender little book allowed me to do both.' - Saba Sams, The Guardian
'Small Fires is a manifesto for reclaiming cooking as an intellectual... a rewarding book that stayed with me - and, like all brilliant food writing, it made me think twice about what I choose to eat and who I eat it with... a brave, honest book.' - Sunday Times
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