Many of our earliest memories center around food and eating. Family stories, histories of relationships and the negotiations of the heart often revolve around rituals of breaking bread. In this eclectic collection, there is a diverse group of voices, each exploring how food influences and shapes our lives. From backyard cocktail parties to flirting with a stranger in the vegetable aisle at the grocery store, from acquaintances sharing coffee and casual conversation at a diner’s counter to lovers mixing the tastes of the mouth with the pleasures of the body, each piece brings a fresh look at the central role food plays in the rhythm of our days. This superb anthology reminds us of what we’ve known all along: that both kitchen and bookshelf are for the feeding of body and spirit. This literary collection includes writings from the award winning authors Lynne Barrett, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Les Standiford, and Dan Wakefield, plus an additional 31 contributors.