Slices of Life

Slices of Life

A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum

For nearly a decade, Leah Eskin has been serving up chronicles of everyday life, along with mouthwatering recipes, to the readers of her “Home on the Range” column in the Chicago Tribune. Now she has whipped up Slice of Life, a collection of her columns covering everything from her early married days to parenting adolescents—and everything in between. From “Best Friend Biscuits” to “Recovery Paella” to “Sullen Child Oatmeal Squares,” there's always a recipe to cope with life's sticky situations: the dinner party gone awry, the mortifying soccer match, the houseguest who eats nothing, the teenager who won't listen. She tells the story of family life through its ordinary disasters—and pleasures.

Slice of a Life is both a charming memoir told through food, and with more than 200 recipes, it's also a delectable cookbook that will enchant anyone who appreciates the big and little moments of life.


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Genre: Cooking / Cooking / Essays & Narratives

On Sale: April 1st 2014

Price: $17.99

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780762453139

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Praise

“Leah Eskin's recipes are seamlessly interwoven into her reminiscences, vignettes of domestic life, and culinary aperçus, and the result is as charming as it is practical.”
—Colman Andrews, editorial director of TheDailyMeal.com

“Leah Eskin's writing is like her food--honest, heartfelt, and tremendously appealing. She writes about the challenges of modern family life with wit and good humor, and firmly believes that good food will make any day better.”
—Jack Bishop, editorial director of PBS' America's Test Kitchen

“Reading Leah Eskin's columns one by one is a pleasure; reading this collection from start to finish is a joy. It's also proof that the sum is much greater than the parts, even when the parts are terrific. Smart, honest, literate, funny – very funny – and packed with recipes for happy days and calamitous ones, Slices of Life is bound to find a place in your heart and your kitchen.”
—Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table

“For charm, you can't beat Leah Eskin's memoir and cookbook, Slices of Life. [Eskin] brings an irreverent humor, cool precision, and gustatory gusto to her accounts of American family life.”
—Saveur.com

“I feel like I've discovered a treasured writer who I didn't know existed, on par with Laurie Colwin and M.F.K. Fisher. For me, reading Eskin's essays is like taking a graduate course in creative writing. I keep studying her sentences, dissecting her use of personal pronouns and marveling at her choice of words.”
—News & Observer

“Slices of Life is one part cookbook, one part memoir, and two parts feel-good read….Although Eskin's columns are often charming and funny, it's the recipes that will leave copies of this book heavily earmarked.”
—Bust magazine

“The book reads like a novel.”
—KitchenTable4.com

“This book bubbles over with Leah's love of food, and her belief in the profound importance of eating—and cooking—together with family and friends. The recipes are great, too!”
—Ted Allen, host of the Food Network's Chopped