13 February, 2015

The colour of of food: a memoir of life, love & dinner by Anne Else [Suneeta, Highland Park Library]

“I fell in love with this book from the start” writes Elisabeth Marrow of the Daily Post.

Many others have been similarly delighted  with this memoir by Kiwi writer, blogger and food lover, Anne Else. Here Else, who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Literature in 2004, dishes up a delicious account of how food flavours life, as she dips into her experiences of  motherhood, marriage, divorce, her own adoption and the heart-breaking death of loved ones. All the time, food and cooking are never far away, constant companions that see her through the ups and downs. 

The ten chapters served up can be viewed as ten portions of her life, starting with the early years that begin at age 3 when she discovers herself eating “crunchy, crumbly, satisfying rich dark soil”  to getting married at 19, having two children, moving to Albania with husband Chris - who later leaves her, then meeting and marrying Harvey with whom she shares love, companionship and food. 

The death of her young son and in the end the death of Harvey are when she is at her lowest; still she writes bravely and cheerfully. This is a warm and honestly told life story pictured largely through the joyful experiences of eating and sharing food.

The colour of food was Listener’s choice for best book of the year in 2013 and is accompanied by some of the author's favourite recipes and titles of inspiring memoirs and cook books. 

For an online gourmet experience, visit Anne Else's blog, Something else to eat.

Author: Anne Else
ISBN: 9781927249154
Published: 2014
Publisher: Awa Press

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