Savage Feast

Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (a Memoir with Recipes)
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Author(s): Boris Fishman
Original Publish Date: Feb 26, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100140941
Released: Feb 26, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062896605
Narrator/s: Boris Fishman
Publisher: HarperAudio
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One of Booklist's Must Read Nonfiction picks of 2019 The acclaimed author of A Replacement Life shifts between heartbreak and humor in this gorgeously told, recipe-filled memoir. A family story, an immigrant story, a love story, and an epic meal, Savage Feast explores the challenges of navigating two cultures from an unusual angle. A revealing personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes, Savage Feast begins with BorisA??s childhood in Soviet Belarus, where good food was often worth more than money. He describes the unlikely dish that brought his parents together and how years of Holocaust hunger left his grandmother so obsessed with bread that she always kept five loaves on hand. She was the stove magician and BorisA?? grandfather the master black marketer who supplied her, evading at least one firing squad on the way. These spoils kept BorisA?? familyA??Jews who lived under threat of discrimination and violenceA??provided-for and protected. Despite its abundance, food becomes even more important in America, which BorisA?? family reaches after an emigration through Vienna and Rome filled with marvel, despair, and bratwurst. How to remain connected to oneA??s roots while shedding their trauma? The ambrosial cooking of Oksana, BorisA??s grandfatherA??s Ukrainian home aide, begins to show him the way. His quest takes him to a farm in the Hudson River Valley, the kitchen of a Russian restaurant on the Lower East Side, a Native American reservation in South Dakota, and back to OksanaA??s kitchen in Brooklyn. His relationships with womenA??troubled, he realizes, for reasons that go back many generationsA??unfold concurrently, finally bringing him, after many misadventures, to an American soulmate. Savage Feast is BorisA?? tribute to food, that secret passage to an intimate conversation about identity, belonging, family, displacement, and love. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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CD
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Author(s): Boris Fishman
Narrator(s): Boris Fishman
Product Number DD42171
Released: Feb 26, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982609733
eBook
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Author(s): Boris Fishman
Product Number EB00727463
Released: Feb 26, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062867919

Professional reviews

"Author Boris Fishman, whose family emigrated from the Soviet Union to the U.S., narrates this buoyant, revealing, and socially conscious family memoir, which includes many, many recipes. His resonant baritone is easy to enjoy; one notices his kind and relatable tone and judicious pace. The impact of the Holocaust is never far from the core of his articulate writing. On the other hand, on audio the recipes come off as lists. Throughout, Fishman's narration style remains consistent whether he's describing the funniest or the most awful of family circumstances or experiences. Lucid and controlled in both the writing and narration, this work makes for appetite-whetting listening. Happily, a PDF of the recipes is conveniently provided. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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