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Give a Girl a Knife: Author Talk With Amy Thielen Recommended

When: Sat., June 10 2017

Food writing is some of the most eupeptic writing there is. It's impossible to feel completely miserable when you're reading about someone enjoying a really good meal, especially if the writer is generous enough to provide sufficient detail to let you imagine it for yourself. Amy Thielen, however, is the first food writer I've ever read who makes me yearn for the hard physical labor of cooking. Whenever I have to prepare a meringue, I give thanks to the genius who invented the KitchenAid mixer, but in her new memoir Give a Girl a Knife, Thielen makes whipping egg whites with a whisk seem like a joyous experience and dinner service at a busy Manhattan restaurant absolutely transcendent. "As the chaos of the nighttime dinner kitchen mounted," she writes, "I located a weird stillness in myself. As the intensity tightened, the more my inner reverb began to hum." Continue reading >>

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