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Bronfen, Elisabeth

Obsessed

The Cultural Critic’s Life in the Kitchen

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS

    30,95 € / $34.95 / £27.50*

    eBook (PDF)
    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    August 2019
    ISBN
    978-1-978803-67-1
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Even the most brilliant minds have to eat. And for some scholars, food preparation is more than just a chore; it’s a passion. In this unique culinary memoir and cookbook, renowned cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen tells of her lifelong love affair with cooking and demonstrates what she has learned about creating delicious home meals. She recounts her cherished food memories, from meals eaten at the family table in postwar Germany to dinner parties with friends. Yet, in a thoughtful reflection on the pleasures of cooking for one, she also reveals that some of her favorite meals have been consumed alone.

    Though it contains more than 250 mouth-watering recipes, Obsessed is anything but a conventional cookbook. As she shares a lifetime of knowledge acquired in the kitchen, Bronfen hopes to empower both novice and experienced home chefs to improvise, giving them hints on how to tweak her recipes to their own tastes. And unlike cookbooks that assume readers have access to an unlimited pantry, this book is grounded in reality, offering practical advice about food storage and reusing leftovers. As Bronfen serves up her personal stories and her culinary wisdom, reading Obsessed is like sitting down to a home-cooked meal with a clever friend.

    Details

    350 pages
    7 b-w and 18 color images
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    General/trade;

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    ELISABETH BRONFEN is a professor of American studies at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. She is the author of many books, including Specters of War: Hollywood’s Engagement with Military Conflict (Rutgers University Press).

    Reviews

    "As Julia Child once said, 'People who love to eat are always the best people' and reading this precise and passionate collection of recipes, I felt like I'd met a kindred soul. Obsessed by Elisabeth Bronfen is a magnificent spread of tastes and textures, family memories, and brilliant reflection. It also left me very hungry."
    — Ann Mah, bestselling author of The Lost Vintage and Mastering the Art of French Eating

    "Bronfen’s gift for sensual descriptions of food is so vivid, reading this book gave me hunger pangs. Beautifully organized according to a taxonomy of culinary practice, Obsessed is much more than a cook book, although it is that, too. It an intimate exploration of food, memory, family, food, pleasure, and culture. I loved it."
    — Siri Hustvedt, author of Memories of the Future

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