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  • Published: 7 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9780807010860
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $52.99

Breaking Bread

Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Family



Nearly 70 renowned New England writers gather round the table to talk food and how it sustains us—mind, body, and soul

A collection of essays by top literary talents and food writers, Breaking Bread celebrates local foods, family, and community, while exploring how what’s on our plates engages with what’s off: grief, pleasure, love, ethics, race, and class.

Here, you’ll find Lily King on chocolate chip cookies, Richard Russo on beans, Jennifer Finney Boylan on homemade pizza, Susan Minot on the non-food food of her youth, and Richard Ford on why food doesn’t much interest him. Nancy Harmon Jenkins talks scallops, and Sandy Oliver the pleasures of being a locavore. Other essays address a beloved childhood food from Iran, the horror of starving in a prison camp, the urge to bake pot brownies for an ill friend, and the pleasure of buying a prized chocolate egg for a child.

Profits from this collection will benefit Blue Angel, a nonprofit combating food insecurity by delivering healthy food from local farmers to those in need.

  • Published: 7 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9780807010860
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $52.99

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