"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
My World Café - introducing Laura Davis
Riversmeet will be publishing my new book, My World Café. Here is
their first blog about it.
It is a stew of food stories, memories and recipes from around the world, ranging from popcorn to borscht, apple strudel to burritos, baklava to teriyaki. Each chapter includes a brief history of the food, a personal memory and a recipe. I am delighted that it is a collaboration with the artist, Laura Davis, who will be illustrating the book.
Here is an excerpt from the chapter on “Strozzapretti”:
Originating in Perugia, strozzapreti is hand-rolled pasta which roughly translates as ‘priest-strangler’. One explanation is that gluttonous priests so loved the pasta that they ate it too quickly and choked themselves. Another explanation is that women offered the pasta to churchmen as payment for land rents. Their husbands were so angered by venal priests eating their wives’ food that they wished the priests would choke on it. The most likely reason to me is that it was common practice for priests to visit parishioners’ homes after Sunday Mass and when the hosts tired of his visit, they would serve this ‘rough’ pasta to let him know that he had overstayed his welcome.
My World Café is my second book. Left Field: The Memoir of a Lifelong Activistwas published by Unbound in 2016. “David has lived a life and a half. The broken world needed people like David; it still does.” —Sir Tom Stoppard “This is an excellent and inspiring book. David is an adventurer and a freethinker, who did something truly useful with his life.” —Brian Eno
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