Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers, ed. by Natalie Eve Garrett (Pre-Order)
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers, ed. by Natalie Eve Garrett (Pre-Order)

Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers, ed. by Natalie Eve Garrett (Pre-Order)

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"Food is personal and political; it's essential but can be luxurious. Food is art; it's family—it's how we care for each other and know who we are. In this spellbinding book, some of our most crucial writers bring us much-needed sustenance, intellectual and physical. This book is a gift." —Michelle Tea, author of How to Grow Up

An illustrated anthology of essays about the comfort foods—and recipes—that helped writers survive painful times in their lives. With contributions from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anthony Doerr, Colum McCann, Lev Grossman, Carmen Maria Machado, Claire Messud, Maile Meloy, Alexander Chee, Edwidge Danticat, and many more. 

On Sale October 29, 2019 • ISBN 9781936787791
Pre-orders will ship October 15, 2019

This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America’s most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times—be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, the pain of heartache, or the fear of coming out. Accompanying each story is a recipe from the writer’s own kitchen.

Lev Grossman explains how he survived on “sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey” General Tso’s tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties, beginning with nearly setting her kitchen on fire, then later by perfecting basil pesto. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make “a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin, served with buttered egg noodles” for her family. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie remembers a childhood friend—who later died as a soldier in Sierra Leone—with a pot of fragrant jollof rice. What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.


NATALIE EVE GARRETT is an artist and writer, and the editor of The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes and the forthcoming Lonely Stories: 20 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Perils of Being Alone. She lives in a town outside Washington, D.C., and along the Potomac River with her husband and two children.


MERYL ROWIN is an illustrator whose work has been commissioned by The New York Times, Lenny Letter, the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards, Travel + Leisure, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Apartment Therapy. She lives in Los Angeles and previously worked on Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s memoir, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.