Look at all those cakes! Those pies! The way people are just waiting for the women to be done so they can grab a piece--and the sheer joy and pride on the women's faces. Just imagine how that made all those people's day just a little easier. I imagine they must have taken a closer step to having a reason to believe. That's what I write about.
America Eats! On the Road with the WPA (Bloomsbury)
Wondeful descriptions and vignettes of American group eating...written by members of the Federal Writers' Project...To this, the author has added her own thoughtful accounts as she travels across the land to discover present incarnations of thoise earlier feasts.--Boston Globe
Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice (Beacon)
Clear, crisp....[Willard's] insights on the role of food in history and how its uses can reveal profound truths about different cultures, are fresh and thought provoking.--New York Times
Through touching personal stories, Willard also offers support for stressed caregivers. These passages, and her healing discoveries, are presented in an earthy, modest, graceful prose that makes A Soothing Broth a petite treasure. --Dana Jacobi
Pie Every Day, Recipes and Slices of Life (Algonquin Books)
Pie Every Day is a book of enormous charm which demonstrates the theory that the best food writing is inspired by deep needs that have little to do directly with food. --Corby Kummel, The Atlantic Monthly