I would recommend this book. I really liked it, even cried in it. The overall theme is how food is related to experiences we have in life and relationships with people. Being a food-lover myself, I identified very much with phrases like “the taste ran through her, full and rich and complicated, dense as a long deep kiss.” Some food is really that good, don’t you think?
I really loved all the characterization in the book–it followed a bunch of different people’s lives and connected them somehow. I especially liked the young mother who had two young children and was struggling with her identity, feeling like she had given up her life for her kids. I also liked Helen and Carl, an older couple who have grown together in their marriage so that they are very much the same and have this way of seeming to be next to each other even when they are on opposite sides of the room. Have you ever known a couple like that? It is so romantic. Carl reminded me of Raimo. I like how when Carl recounts their first dance, she “followed his lead like water.” Haha Raimo I will try to be more like that.
Anyway, while experimenting with and eating delicious food, all these people are in the process of finding and re-finding themselves. I may have cried. More than once. This is a book I’d like to read again in 10 or 20 years and see how I have changed.