Bread & Water: Essays (Paperback)

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A meditation on the poetics of hunger and the social worlds of cooking

"When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it . . ." --MFK Fisher

When chef and writer dee Hobsbawn-Smith left the city for rural life on a farm in Saskatchewan, she planned to replace cooking and teaching with poetry and prose. But--as begin the best stories--her next adventure didn't quite work that way.

Food trickled into her poems, her essays, her fiction. And water poured into her property in both Saskatchewan and Calgary during two devastating floods.

Bread and Water uses lyrical prose to describe those two fundamental ingredients, and to probe the essential questions on how to live a life. Hobsbawn-Smith uses food to explore the hungers of the human soul: wilder hungers that loiter beyond cravings for love. She kneads ideas of floods and place, grief and loss; the commonalities of refugees and Canadians through common tastes in food; cooking methods, grandmothers and mentors; the politics of local and sustainable food; parenting; male privilege in the restaurant world; and the challenges of aging gracefully.

It is an elegant collection that weaves joy into exploring the quotidian in search for larger meaning.

About the Author

dee Hobsbawn-Smith is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, fictionist, chef, curious cook, food writer and runner who lives rurally, west of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. An ex-restaurateur and longtime freelance journalist, she has written eight books, including Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet; The Curious Cook at Home; and Wildness Rushing In: Poems.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780889778115
ISBN-10: 0889778116
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Publication Date: September 11th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English