A Gastronomic Interpretation of LoveA book about love, libido, and lamb, with seventy-five recipes by a writer well versed in the domestic dance between food and relationships
Bob Shacochis, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and National Book Award winning-author of such books as Swimming in the Volcano, Easy in the Islands, and The Next New World, hones his nonfiction skills in this tour de force romp through the worlds of ...
Shacochis's delectable musings on monogamy, emotional and physical separations, dogs, career changes, the stress of the holidays, the aesthetics of food, moving, sex and seafood, friendships, writings and the angst over who is going to do the dishes are deftly folded into seventy-five recipes, half of them of the author's own creation. Guilelessly hilarious, and ever entertaining, Domesticity is a celebration of a life spent in proximity to the boiling point, a "prose stew" of audacious candor, a culinary valentine for lovers of literature.
“Delicious. . . . Domesticity nourishes the senses and the soul.” — New York Times Book Review
“Domesticity—rightly subtitled A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love—is about the voluptuous pleasures of cooking for, and eating with, someone you love, about making meals a participatory rather than spectator sport. It is about excess and obsession . . . Shacochis wants to get back to the earth, or, in his particular case, the sea, establish an intimate relationship with whatever's freshest or indigenous to the region, and then devour it.” — Los Angeles Times
“The highly personal essays, each of which ends with a few recipes, are rooted in his role as head chef in his household, which he has shared in curmudgeonly but apparently unquestioned devotion with his partner, Miss F, for 20 years, much of that time in Florida. He follows his nose to investigate such ‘gastronomic riddles’ as the nomenclature of pâtes and terrines and the aphrodisiac reputations of various foods, the latter in the nearly perfect essay ‘Wanton Soup.’ He takes up arms, more than once, against ‘bores and bastards’ and, in the food world especially, ‘any bourgeois shithead who pretends he or she is the guardian of high culture.’ As seen on these pages, Shacochis is literate, tough, romantic and the master of his kitchen.” — Publishers Weekly
“His vibrant, offbeat, and sensual essays on the importance of food in the daily affairs of interesting, idiosyncratic men and women who know their way around kitchens combine an enthusiastic storyteller’s love of narrative with an enthusiastic cook's love of fresh ingredients . . . Shacochis uses the raw materials of his longstanding, nutritionally balanced relationship with the coyly named ‘Miss F’ to concoct appealing philosophical riffs, capped with serious recipes (for pheasant, for roast suckling pig, for West Indian pepper pot) . . . Shacochis cooks his columns just right and serves them salted and peppered, to taste.” — Entertainment Weekly
“By turns doting, curative, seductive. . . . Its celebration of the cook's greatest need—the significant eater—rings sweetly true.” — Washington Post