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With insight, wit, common sense, and mouth-watering descriptions, comes a food memoir that takes place over many years, on different continents, and at kitchen tables across the Deep South and Midwestern America. Part cookbook, part time machine, family recipes for Pig Pickin’ Cake, savory rib roast, hot sticky wings, Myesha’s Grape Salad and the stories behind them are sha With insight, wit, common sense, and mouth-watering descriptions, comes a food memoir that takes place over many years, on different continents, and at kitchen tables across the Deep South and Midwestern America. Part cookbook, part time machine, family recipes for Pig Pickin’ Cake, savory rib roast, hot sticky wings, Myesha’s Grape Salad and the stories behind them are shared – these are but a few of the dishes in a juicy repertoire that begins in the author’s childhood. The former owner of a baking company, Wallace takes readers on flights to exciting destinations in Spain and Ghana; however, her life is far from being a cakewalk. Her memoir is interwoven with painful and poignant moments, like her mother’s death and disappearance of her beloved brother Tone Tone, who she’s still searching for in between bites, sips and chapters. A Sampling of Life, One Taste at a Time invites the reader to prepare its dishes and sink their teeth into what it means to recreate wonderful meals shared with elders, siblings and friends…and if you happen to come across Tone tone, the author’s long lost brother, be sure to tell him there is an empty placeholder at Martha’s table.


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With insight, wit, common sense, and mouth-watering descriptions, comes a food memoir that takes place over many years, on different continents, and at kitchen tables across the Deep South and Midwestern America. Part cookbook, part time machine, family recipes for Pig Pickin’ Cake, savory rib roast, hot sticky wings, Myesha’s Grape Salad and the stories behind them are sha With insight, wit, common sense, and mouth-watering descriptions, comes a food memoir that takes place over many years, on different continents, and at kitchen tables across the Deep South and Midwestern America. Part cookbook, part time machine, family recipes for Pig Pickin’ Cake, savory rib roast, hot sticky wings, Myesha’s Grape Salad and the stories behind them are shared – these are but a few of the dishes in a juicy repertoire that begins in the author’s childhood. The former owner of a baking company, Wallace takes readers on flights to exciting destinations in Spain and Ghana; however, her life is far from being a cakewalk. Her memoir is interwoven with painful and poignant moments, like her mother’s death and disappearance of her beloved brother Tone Tone, who she’s still searching for in between bites, sips and chapters. A Sampling of Life, One Taste at a Time invites the reader to prepare its dishes and sink their teeth into what it means to recreate wonderful meals shared with elders, siblings and friends…and if you happen to come across Tone tone, the author’s long lost brother, be sure to tell him there is an empty placeholder at Martha’s table.

4 review for A Sampling of Life, One Taste at a Time: A Food Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eva Lazar

    Knowing how I am when it comes to books that have food as a main theme, I took every possible precaution. I had a full meal before opening the book, and thoroughly brushed my teeth so that I would not be tempted to snack my way through. I think it is fair to say that I was as objective as I could possibly have been when I started reading. Yet, my minty-fresh mouth was watering before I had even completed the first chapter. The book is filled with dishes and descriptions so vivid that I could alm Knowing how I am when it comes to books that have food as a main theme, I took every possible precaution. I had a full meal before opening the book, and thoroughly brushed my teeth so that I would not be tempted to snack my way through. I think it is fair to say that I was as objective as I could possibly have been when I started reading. Yet, my minty-fresh mouth was watering before I had even completed the first chapter. The book is filled with dishes and descriptions so vivid that I could almost smell the many scents. Each memory in this memoir is kept short, sweet, and to the point; they are a vehicle that transports the reader through the author's life and from recipe to recipe. The recipes themselves are easy to follow, and while I worried that they might be difficult to pull off outside of America, the author went as far as to include a temperature conversion table so that even Europeans such as myself could partake in the wealth of recipes that were shared. I have several dishes bookmarked for future reference already, and will certainly go back to this book for inspiration several times over. Altogether, this memoir is a great blend of food and stories - and is that not what anyone's life consists of in the end?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Russon

    A completely immersive story that takes you straight into the lives of the people it's about. You also get to taste whatever they're eating -- at backyard BBQs, huge family gatherings, downhome restaurants both in the U.S. and abroad, farmers markets or even out in a sugar cane field as the author remembers her grandparents. There are lots of recipes to try out, and the secrets of chow chow -- a southern delicacy that has garnished many a sandwich in Georgia where the author lives. There's joy, A completely immersive story that takes you straight into the lives of the people it's about. You also get to taste whatever they're eating -- at backyard BBQs, huge family gatherings, downhome restaurants both in the U.S. and abroad, farmers markets or even out in a sugar cane field as the author remembers her grandparents. There are lots of recipes to try out, and the secrets of chow chow -- a southern delicacy that has garnished many a sandwich in Georgia where the author lives. There's joy, heartache, a missing brother -- and it's all written so poetically and in such a moving way! It'll make you wish you weren't on lockdown.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nawab Rafiq

  4. 5 out of 5

    steve

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