Award winning authors Judith Newton, Tasting Home, and Rebecca Coffey, Nietzsche’s Angel Food Cake, explore intersections of the literary and the gastronomical.

*Thursday, April 3, 7:30.At Books Inc., 2275 Market St., San Francisco*

In TASTING HOME, Judith Newton combines recipes with personal vignettes. Writing in the classic form of food memoirs by writers such as M.F.K. Fisher and Ruth Reichl, she takes us on a remarkable journey through the cuisines, cultural spirit, and politics of the 1940s til now. If Julia Child had cooked Italian for a gay husband, used sugar to sweeten a sour childhood, and hosted buffets for a better world, she could have written TASTING HOME.

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•“Engaging,”“delightful and resonant,” /Publisher’s Weekly/ Starred Review.

• “In this captivating memoir, Newton draws the reader into a world where major events are brought to life with poignant food memories, pitch-perfect, lively, and engaging.”–Janet A. Flammang, author of /The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society/

• “Tasting Home is more than a food memoir. Influenced by the civil rights struggle, the women’s movement, and the AIDS epidemic, it is an odyssey of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth.” –Belinda Robnett, author of /How Long? How Long?/ /African-American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights./

• “This is a baby-boomer’s dream: a book full of anecdotes about coming of age during the sexual revolution of the sixties — with recipes!”–/Independent Publisher/

• “Whether she is discovering hippie health foods, testing the rich cuisine of Italy and France, or entertaining grandly at home in the Southwest a la Martha Stewart, Newton is talking the talk and walking the walk, and we are trailing along behind her, happily picking up the crumbs.”–Barbara Bamberger Scott/, Curled Up with a Good Book./

In NIETZSCHE’s ANGEL FOOD CAKE Coffey allows 22 cultural monoliths to share “their” succulent recipes, thereby providing answers to such pressing questions as: When Friedrich Nietzsche made angel food cake, did the angel survive the encounter? When Sigmund Freud handled raw fish, where did his thoughts take him? Exactly what did Dorothy Parker mean by the term “Parker House Rolls?” And how did Ernest Hemingway handle his favorite bullfight souvenirs? Warning. Eat the resulting food at your own peril.

• “Like good sausage, or a breakfast I once had in Manilla, Rebecca Coffey’s new book is filled with things I can’t describe and maybe don’t want to know about. I only know it’s wonderful.”—Jon Potter, /The Brattleboro Reformer./

• “Read the table of contents and you’re likely to chuckle aloud at offerings like Geoffrey Chaucer’s Stinking Bishop’s Tart and John Steinbeck’s Crêpes of Wrath. To take the joke a giant step further by actually creating the recipes would be, for most writers, a giant step right onto a banana peel, like continuing a joke after the punchline’s delivered. Coffey, however, is no amateur….” —James Heflin, /The Valley Advocate/

• “Oh my God, I love these! More! More! More! This will appeal to foodies and literary types, and will stretch the boundaries of the ‘cookoir’ genre, for sure.” —Erika Penzer Kerekes, Food Columnist, /L. A. Examiner/.

• “So brilliantly funny—and insane, obsessive, sprawling, vivid, satisfying, and lush.” —Dee LaDuke, TV Writer, /Girlfriends and Designing Women./

• “Hilarious, smart, intensely literary, and delicious in every way.” —Elissa Bassist, Humor and Women’s Literature Editor, /The Rumpus/.


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03/29/2014 7:00 pm

Books Inc. Alameda presents a panel event which explores the heart in varying ways. Readers include President of the California Writers Club, Marin branch, Linda Joy Myers sharing the gripping Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, Professor Emerita in Women and Gender Studies at U.C. Davis, Judith Newton sharing the delectably written Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen, and director of the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, Sheila K. Collins sharing the transformational Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals that Heal.

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Foreword’s 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

National magazine selects TASTING HOME in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

TastingHomeFrontCover High ResTraverse City, MI, March 13, 2014 — Today, Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword‘s awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

TASTING HOME is a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the WOMEN STUDIES category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition. Continue reading

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” Perhaps the story of our love belongs to the 1960s, when everything seemed possible, a spirit we never lost.”

Dick and I 1968

Dick and I 1968

I met him in graduate school during the early sixties, the kind of smart, studious young man I‘d always been drawn to but never managed to date.  He said “oops” a lot and was so funny that being in his company felt like having childhood for the first time. He knew music, wrote poetry in a serious way, and was, in my eyes, the smartest person in our circle. We only saw each other in a group or in a threesome, but we began to rest in each other‘s company, to draw close without touching.

In the spring of our second year, he had a series of anxiety attacks, and that summer he left graduate school to teach. He also entered therapy. We sent each other letters–he rather less frequently than I–and two years later he returned, giving me a passionate kiss upon arrival. In November he said to me, “I think I love you.” I told my friend, “He is the only man I’ve ever wanted. I’ll do anything to have him.” Continue reading

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Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.
Dorothy Day

Coyote Cafe CoverMark Miller’s Coyote Café  was first published in January of 1989, the year I became director of a women’s studies program. And, in ways I couldn’t have imagined, it  began to influence my life. I discovered the cookbook on my first trip to Santa Fe in the spring of 1992. I had recently divorced and was trying to evolve, move on, and redefine my personal life. I had also become immersed in an effort to create a cross race political alliance on my campus among faculty in women’s and ethnic studies programs. Cooking large buffets had become central to my organizing efforts. Continue reading

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99centSale_SWP2013She Writes Press (SWP), is holding a seven-day holiday sale on 18 of their titles (featured above) starting today, Friday, November 29th.  This means that the e-book version of  Tasting Home (along with 17 of its SWP litter-mates) is available for 99 cents between November 29th and December 6th.

Treat yourself or give these books as gifts to anyone with an email account. Your holiday shopping problems solved!  The books are available across all e-book formats, such as Kindle and Nook. You just pick a title you like, look it up on, say, Amazon, and click on the Give As Gift Button.  For under a buck you’ve got your e-book.  No muss, no fuss, no shipping.  For under 18 dollars you can have every book on this list.

I’ve read many of the books myself. (I’ll be downloading the rest with all of you.) There’s something for everyone here.

  • My food memoir, Tasting Home, which is about our need for home, the many forms that home can take, and the role of food in having it, received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly (meaning “outstanding in its genre) and won Bronze or Honorable Mention in contests by Independent Publishers, Readers’ Favorite, and the Hollywood and Southern California Book Festivals.
  • Shanghai Love by Layne Wong is a love story about a Jewish refugee and a Chinese healer who find each other in the unlikely world of 1930s Shanghai. It also received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.
  • Linda Joy Myer’s Journey of Memoir is a how-to for memoir writers full of practical and inspirational advice. 
  •  Fire & Water  is a haunting and beautifully written love story about the link between madness and genius.
  •  Anglophiles will enjoy Americashire, by Jennifer Richardson, a portrait of a marriage set in the Cotswolds
  •  Other titles have also garnered awards, and I look forward to reading them.

I hope you will all enjoy meeting some of my friends in this collection.  Just go to Amazon or wherever you buy e-books and look up the titles.  You’ll find each listed for 99 cents.  And please forward this to any of your book-loving friends!

Happy reading.  And Happy Holidays.


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Tasting Home

Tasting Home

While writing my food memoir, Tasting Home, I avoided reading anything analytical about women and food. (I had been a professor for most of my life and didn’t want to write an academic memoir.) Only after I finished the book, did I begin to read critical work on women’s culinary reflections.  It was then I learned about “the new domesticity.”

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Since my interest in writing about food lies mainly in the emotional work that cooking for, and dining with, others perform, I always begin a piece on food by asking what did this cooking or dining experience mean to me? Why did I think it important?  Everything follows from that answer.

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A guest post by my favorite flash fiction writer.

Mardith Louisell writes short stories with crazy neurotic narrators. Her fiction, essays, and memoirs can be found most recently in Hospital Drive, Solstice Literary Magazine (“Had They Learned about Jayne Mansfield?”), and Redwood Coast Review, and in the anthology Travelers’ Tales:  Best Travel Writing 2012.  Beside Myself, a book of flash fiction, is her current project. Follow her at http://mardithlouisell.com/ Continue reading

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“Even siblings we don’t see, who live differently from us, who move in their own world, may be shoring up our lives, our sense of family, our feeling of being at home in the world without our knowing it.”

My younger brother died quite unexpectedly in March. He was my only sibling, the only other person left in my immediate family, both of our parents being gone.  His daughter had asked my daughter to tell me the news. “Mom?” she said on the phone, and the sorrow in her voice stopped my breathing. Had something awful happened–to her? “Gary died.” The moment tore at both of us, I initially fearing for my daughter, then losing my brother, then breaking down in tears. She thinking, I am certain, what would happen to me if, you, my mother, were to die? Continue reading

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