Edible Stories

Edible Stories All new stories about the food we share love and fight over from the national bestselling author of Cod and Salt In these linked stories Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people togethe

  • Title: Edible Stories
  • Author: Mark Kurlansky
  • ISBN: 9781594484889
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edible Stories

    All new stories about the food we share, love, and fight over from the national bestselling author of Cod and Salt In these linked stories, Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan food Through muffins or hot dogs, an indigenous Alaskan fish soup, a bean curd Thanksgiving turkey or potentially toxic cr m All new stories about the food we share, love, and fight over from the national bestselling author of Cod and Salt In these linked stories, Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan food Through muffins or hot dogs, an indigenous Alaskan fish soup, a bean curd Thanksgiving turkey or potentially toxic cr me brulee, a rotating cast of characters learns how to honor the past, how to realize you re not in love with someone any , and how to forgive These women and men meet and eat and love, leave and drink and in the end, come together in Seattle as they are as inextricably linked with each other as they are with the food they eat and the wine they drink Kurlansky brings a keen eye and unerring sense of humanity to these stories And throughout, his love and knowledge of food shows just how important a role what we eat plays in our lives.

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    1. Leona

      Not even sure how to categorize this book. Maybe, short stories connected by food? It's an interesting concept. Especially for "foodies", but was too complex for my style of reading and enjoyment. Halfway through the book I realized the stories were actually connected, but by then I had given up. I was just rushing to finish it in time for a book group discussion. However, I did have to chuckle at this interesting perspective from a five year old girl.There were only two left - a sickly looking [...]

    2. Nesa Sivagnanam

      The 16 stories gathered together here in Edible Stories are organized around some form of food and/or eating theme. Food creates a kind of bond around which the characters interact; it’s natural and normal – until it’s crazy.In “Crème Brulee,” the main character has a fear of said dessert. Kurlansky takes Emma, the petrified eater, through a love affair and subsequent marriage built on serious food neurosis. It’s hilarious.“Osetra” is about a thief who steals caviar right from u [...]

    3. Stephen

      Mark Kurlansky is a genius. Who can write a non-fiction book about nothing but cod and see it become a best seller? Or about salt? He did. In a different key, Kurlansky demonstrates the same gift for narrative in a work of fiction. Is it a novel in sixteen chapters? Or a collection of sixteen short stories through which some themes, characters, things and ideas recur? Yes. The first story, "Red Sea Salt," was so disturbing that I almost put the book aside; I am happy that I did not. Humour appea [...]

    4. Gwen

      As a foodie, I thought I would love this. Maybe this book would bridge the gap and make me enjoy short stories. It didn't happen. The first one, I just didn't get. A man finds himself with his foot in a hole of water with no memory. ???

    5. Melissa

      I think that a rating of “decent” is just about perfect for Edible Stories. I liked it while I was reading it, but it definitely did not leave as much of an impact on me, and I doubt I will ever pick it up to read again. I, like many other reviews, was disappointed overall, but just simply because I feel like this book had so much potential that it simply did not rise to—while the subject material was there, the interesting storyline that it promised me simply was not. Also, I do think the [...]

    6. Joshua Finnell

      Library Journal Review:Best known for his nonfiction works (Cod; Salt), Kurlansky rarely dabbles in pure fiction. His last work of fiction, Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music, was an ambitious effort focused on the intersections of culture, love, and, of course, food. A similar concept is applied in this work, with a focus on food as the thread that ties humanity together. Though this book is presented as a novel, the main story is hidden within a gumbo of 16 different v [...]

    7. Caroline

      Scents and food, for some people, trigger memories, both good and bad. Here are 16 stories where people, their interaction through food and with others, are chronicled. A woman stops eating because she stops trusting those who prepare the foods,believing creme brulee to be toxic, a man finds himself standing with one leg in a hole in the sidewalk, with amnesia, no sense of smell or taste, a woman gradually becomes a vegan and serves tofurkey at Thanksgiving to her family, a man, known for delici [...]

    8. Alison Miller

      As a fan of Kurlansky's non-fiction, I was very pleased to find this book, my first experience of his fictional work, in the clearance section of Half Price Books. Needless to say, less than twenty-four hours later, I have finished the book and am very pleased with what I read. Each chapter, a short story, is connected to the other chapters by one fine string. The relationship with the characters and the food after which each chapter is titled is refreshingly creative including the title of the [...]

    9. Becca

      I am not a short-story reader, but I was fascinated by this collection of 16 stories that I stumbled across in the library last week. The author carefully crafts 16 entirely unique stories, but each one has a character or prop or location that carries over into each other story. However, you have to pay very close attention to catch some of the connections. The individual stories are beautifully written considering they span such a wide range of topics and settings, and the collection is pieced [...]

    10. Mary

      ****SPOILER ALERT****I debated about how many stars to give this book. There were several of the stories I enjoyed: Red Sea Salt, Bean Curd, Osetra, and Cholent. I enjoyed the start of Orangina but then it seemed like it got off track trying to tie-in some of the characters from the other stories. And that's where I think Kurlansky lost me, when he tried tying the characters together making this a novel rather than individual short stories. And it's those stories trying to bring characters toget [...]

    11. Sheryl Kirby

      This collection of food-themed short stories is meant to be drawn together to create a novel. Kurlansky does a decent job of this, interlacing both characters and foodstuffs (that bag of red sea salt gets passed around more often than a Christmas fruitcake), and achieves some level of reader empathy with the characters, although it does still tend to feel disjointed. One thing that bugged me a lot — Kurlansky is known for his meticulously-researched non-fiction (Cod, Salt), yet in the story Ve [...]

    12. Vianey Ramírez

      This could have been a great book except for the final chapter. It felt like the author had to finish in a rush and came up with a way to doing so really fast. It's amazing how well he could captured all the amazing ways we are connected by food, but the final part kind of takes away the joy of reading the book.

    13. Brooke Everett

      I'm a fan of Kurlansky's non-fiction work - Cod rocked my socks, Salt is very high-up on my "to-read" list, and I'm planning to re-read the Basque History of the World soon - so I was excited to learn he had put some fiction out into the universe, too.The stories themselves were ok. Some are better than others. It's confusing that he refers to this work as a novel, as it seemed like it was simply a collection of individual stories where the same characters showed up more than once. Often, a char [...]

    14. EternallyDreaming of Libraries

      I did not enjoy this book. I don't know if the problem was me--I seemed always to be reading it in noisy crowded places--or actually the book itself. I did not see how each of the short stories were meant to tie in together to create a novel. Sure there were characters mentioned repeatedly in several of the stories and that odd Hawaiian red sea salt which seemed to pop up into each story as well. But I simply could not find any overarching cohesiveness to this. Except of course, that each story [...]

    15. Maggi

      Nice. This guy wrote "Cod", which I enjoyed, and several other journalistic forays into a single subject (like "Salt", which I have not read). In this book he turns to fiction, and short stories, each centered around a food. The characters sometimes make appearances in multiple stories, and many of them are quite funny in their self-delusions. It starts with a very strange story about a man who has suddenly lost his memories and any sense of taste, and because the story is told from his perspect [...]

    16. Ian

      Kurlansky is famous for his "micro-histories" like Cod and Salt that take a seemingly mundane subject and expand on it to reveal its pivotal place in human history. Here he attempts the same approach to fiction with somewhat more mixed results. A novel in the form of sixteen separate short stories about a loose collection of people linked by coincidence or consanguinity, it ranges from Anne Beattie-like minimalism to borderline magical realism, held together by a persistent tone of low-key wistf [...]

    17. Eugene Yu

      I picked up this book randomly at the local Ateneo library because i was attracted to its title and therefore wanted to know more of the contents . I was quite disappointed and was left hungry after battling my brains out and trying to figure out what was wrong with this novel. I did not feel for any of the characters in the story, it was a smorgasbord of delectable goodies that did not leave any impression on the reader, in my opinion, and as much as i would like to comprehend the seemingly del [...]

    18. Lynn

      I wanted to like these stories more than I did, because I like the premise of the collection. Each story is about one kind of food, or simply takes a dish as its title. Unfortunately, most of the stories are flat. The characters seem to exist simply to serve the story and they are undeveloped. One character seemed better than the rest, but even he diminishes over the stories.The stories don't really intersect, but some characters recur in other stories. That part is poorly done and I think the c [...]

    19. Brett

      I read one of Kurlansky's non-fiction books, which was about salt, and since I liked that back and I like food I figured I'd read this one. It's a series of short stories that actually come together to form a novel. Each story focuses on different characters, although some characters do cut across a few of the stories. Each of the stories centers around food. In some stories the food adds to the plot, and in others it seems unnecessary. The characters throughout the book are unique, and the it s [...]

    20. Nan

      As a whole, this novel in 16 parts has too many holes. I like the idea -- linked stories -- but I think Kurlansky may have tried too hard to link them. Red sea salt seemed to be the character that appeared most often and tied the book together. When it took a major role in a story, I usually lost my taste for reading. (I have no idea what the salt tastes like or why it should be important and Kurlansky doesn't really help define the importance of the stuff.) Although it seems like contrivance no [...]

    21. Carl C

      2.5 stars out of 5.What appears to be random chapters are actually inter-related short stories with food connected to or centered on each chapter. A bit free-flowing for my taste as I felt directed by the author to a certain theme or direction. My presumption after reading a few chapters is that there may be some type of *connectedness*, but as I read further in the latter chapters, not necessarily so. There were splashes of humor and sobriety in the book within individual chapters, and yet I wa [...]

    22. Judy

      These stories are odd! The book has a subtitle: "A Novel in Sixteen Parts," and while at first it is not clear if and how these parts relate, it becomes clearer as you go on. Each story features food in some way, but it means different things in different stories. There is a slightly Kafka-esque feeling to the first story, which begins with a man standing with one leg in a hole - and no idea how he got there. One piece (called "Cholent") is pretty hilarious. The way it wraps up isrprising

    23. Ruby

      I've read a couple of outstanding collections of short stories this year (the other one being Delicate Edible Birds). There's something so meaty and satisfying about a really well crafted short story.What makes these so great, is that the characters in the different stories are interconnected. It's not a string of totally unrelated tales, but a collection of stories that coincide in time and are told from different people's perspective. Not an actual novel like Garcia's YO! where it's the same s [...]

    24. Niya

      The notion of a collection of edible stories, of disconnected lives bound to each other by shared instances, and shared foods seems like a lovely thing. Instead, this novel is composed of sixteen disparate parts with less to link them than anyone might guess. Reoccurring characters are poorly developed, and there isn't enough information to develop a sense of empathy with any of them. They're all a bit sad, a bit lost, and a bit confused - exactly the way I was left feeling at the end of the nov [...]

    25. Will

      Without a doubt worst book I read this year, which was a shock to me because I love Mark Kurlansky. His food writing is on par if not better than other more acclaimed authors in this category.His research into various food subjects is outstanding, however his venture into fiction with this book was horrible. Each chapter is a short story and after 55 pages I gave up. I have not done that with a book in many many years, however I could not stomach another chapter. I can tell by the other reviews [...]

    26. Becki Iverson

      I've long loved Mark Kurlansky and was super excited to check out this work of fiction - I've only been familiar with his nonfiction before. I should say straight up that I've always had issues with short story collections - for some reason they just don't do much for me. It follows then that although I found this well written, I just couldn't get into it. Anyone who's a fan of Kurlansky and/or short stories should pick this up - I'm sure they'll like it. Just wasn't for me.

    27. Alex

      The good: the food writing is passable, and it's a quick read. Unlike Salt, I made it to the end of this one.The bad: Too much to mention, but here's a sample. Terrible characterizations; personalities change inexplicably between stories. Painfully terrible baseball writing in one chapter. Terrible ethnic stereotypes throughout. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad drawings. I'm going to stop now before I get mad.

    28. Connie

      Unusual foods are a unifying element in this group of sixteen short stories set in strange situations all over the world. A bag of red sea salt pops up in many of the stories, passed from one character to another. A few of the characters appear in more than one story, but at totally different locations. In many stories, the food almost becomes one of the characters because of the character's obsession with it. The author has a subtle sense of humor which runs through the stories.

    29. Dana

      A book of short stories that turn out to have connections. (The author calls is a novel in 16 parts.) It was hard for me to keep track of all of the characters, time periods and locations; by the last stories, I was convinced that I should know everyone on the pages, and knew that I was missing out if I couldn't place them. Each of the stories has food as a pivotal piece of the plot or characterization. Some worked very well, but others felt flat or forced.

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