Friday, November 16, 2018

Gretchen recommends "The Traveling Feast"

Rick Bass takes readers on a wide-ranging road trip to meet his literary and artistic heroes including the late Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez, David Sedaris and Terry Tempest Williams among others.  He wants to explore and impart their wisdom with upcoming writers, and cook these luminaries a seasonal, local and organic meal, fueling his company in body and spirit.  Like his early work, Oil Notes, written in his twenties when he was a geologist, this is an introspective read.  At a painful turning point in midlife, Bass is now taking stock and  moving forward.   Part memoir, part culinary travelogue, The Traveling Feast is frequently humorous and often poignant.  Simply put, the writing is beautiful.  This adult book is the perfect read for a winter's day, best appreciated at a leisurely pace.

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