Friday, August 7, 2009

CORA Diversity Roll Call: Food & Memoirs

Always looking for new ways to keep this meme fun and exciting, I've decided we need some old-fashion comfort: food and reminscing. This week we cover cookbooks and memoirs. Choose one or both genres. Be adventourous and combine them. I'm hoping many of you will spotlight food memoirs. As always, we're looking to expand our reading. Hopping around the globe indulging our appetites in foods and traditions centered around meals sounds like a good time to me.

This week I'm recommending titles. Check out Kim Sunee's, Trail of Crumbs or Kym Regusa's, The Skin Between Us, two memoirs that revisit familial relationships and relay how food is integral to how we connect with one another.

You know the drill. Drop us a link with Mr. Linky. Remember to check out and comment to fellow participants' posts. Here's to good food, good company and great conversation.

21 comments:

evelyn.n.alfred said...

A food book? Now that's an area I don't do any reading in, so I'll have to go with memoirs. It's strange because I love to eat.

Color Online said...

Evelyn,

Girl, the idea is to stretch and you don't have to actually finish the book just spend some time looking at what might appeal to you.

I highly recommend The Skin Between Us.

MissAttitude said...

Does A La carte by
Tanita S. Davis count? This meme will be my push to go get the book. Or hot, sour, salty, sweet by Sherri L. Smith.

Ali said...

Fun topic! This will take some digging on my part but I'm looking forward to it. I'm at a writing conference all weekend so I'll post the round-up of last week's posts and a link here, by Monday. Then start working on my post!

Color Online said...

Ari,

Non-fiction. Stretccccccccccccccccch. You don't have to read and review. You're exploring. Talking about books. Have fun.

JenR said...

Cool topic! Do you have some examples of what you had in mind for this topic? I'd like to have an idea of what is expected before I go searching/exploring.

evelyn.n.alfred said...

Ooops. I don't know how to delete one of the Mr. Linky links. The first one is a link to Kinky Gazpacho, when I meant to add the bell hooks link.

Color Online said...

Don't sweat it.

zettaelliott said...

I did a memoir, and will try to read Monique Truong's food novel SALT for Chasing Ray's SE Asia challenge--you want NON-fiction books on food?

susan said...

Hi Zetta,

That was my original thinking, but hey, I'm flexible. If you can post it, that would be great.

Now I need to tell Ari, Al Carte is okay, too.

Claudia said...

Sounds like fun! I'll get to work on something...

Nymeth said...

Susan, would my review of Shirin Ebadi's memoir, Iran Awakening, qualify? Not food related, but still a memoir. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever read a food memoir. I should do some exploring.

Color Online said...

Hi Nymeth,

It's food, memoir or combo. Please post a link.

I keep recommending The Skin Between Us. Often with memoirs the writing is dry or clinical because the writer isn't a writer, in this work, Ms. Regusa is a filmmaker, a voracious reader. Her creativity colors this work.

Niranjana said...

It's not a memoir, But Monique Truong's The Book of Salt is amongst the finest food novels I've ever read, one which uses food as a metaphor for racial and cultural differences in a truly meaningful way. May I link to it?

It's also my entry for The One Shot Southeast Asia Challenge btw.
I see from the earlier comments that someone else had the same choice!

Karen Strong said...

I loved the memoir Kinky Gazpacho by Lori L. Tharps.

It was a great read, a little history, a little food and a mystery as well.

susan said...

Hi Karen,

Will you be writing a review and linking for the challenge? :-)

Karen Strong said...

Susan,

I will write a review later today and add it to Mr. Linky! :)

Amy said...

I loved Trail of Crumbs, so much! It's so beautifully written, but made me hungry. ;)

Color Online said...

All right now. One more week. Get 'er done. :-)

Ali said...

Okay, I'm behind, but I'm going to take my own advice and post my contribution late. Hopefully next week. Today, it's a choice between answering the question and writing the next one, and I decided it's more important to keep things rolling so I'm working on our next installment.

Color Online said...

Ali,

I'm the host for this one, and I'm late. Life happens. I say given the history and participation of our meme, we do pretty well. :-)