I love cookbooks. I’m the kind of person who reads a cookbook from cover to cover for its own sake. I will, of course, cook from it eventually, but to me, a recipe is a poem; the notes are an intimate glance into the life of its creator; the book itself, a work of art along the lines of the best illustrated picture books, or the most gorgeous photographic coffee table books.
In Nicole Gulotta’s debut, Eat this Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, we have the best of my favorite worlds: a cookbook-memoir-poetry anthology, illustrated and designed by Cat Grishaver. This book is an eclectic mix of recipes, ranging from the simplest snack to some very complex, hearty meals. Five sections contain the work of 25 notable poets: Wendell Berry, Stephen Dobyns, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jane Hirshfield, Billy Collins are just a few. Nicole briefly discusses each poem before sharing her favorite recipes inspired by that poem as well as scenes from her life.
Make your way through the “Root Cellar” with Theodore Roethke before preparing Roasted Carrots with Sweet Tahini Sauce.
Enjoy reading “Baskets” by Louise Glück, while whipping up Baked Eggs with Lemon Cream.
A cookbook with evocative illustrations, simple ingredients, more than 75 easy to follow recipes, and the best kind of writing: an intimacy that returns us to ourselves.
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Thank you, Nicole, and congratulations!!