Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food

Charlotte Wood

Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food
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Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food

Charlotte Wood

Love and Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasures of simple food well made. In this age of gastro-porn and the fetishisation of food, the pressure to be as expert as the chefs we’ve turned into celebrities can feel overwhelming. An instant antidote to such madness is this wise and practical book - an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love. Cooking represents ‘creativity in its purest form’. It is meditation and stimulation, celebration and solace, a gift both offered and received. It can nourish the soul - and the mind - as well as the body.

Love and Hunger will make you long to get into the kitchen to try the surprising tips and delicious recipes, and will leave you feeling freshly inspired to cook with joy for the people you love. Love and Hunger is a gift for all who value the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating. Like a simple but glorious meal, this feast of a book is infused with warmth and generosity.


Acclaimed novelist Charlotte Wood also writes a popular foodie-type blog about her life in the kitchen and the home, and about the trials and tribulations of cooking for oneself and for one’s family.

Imagine reading a cookbook as a beautiful collection of short stories. Imagine each recipe having a start, a middle, and an end. Each character within the story proving to be full of trepidation or courage or with a fallible sense of honour. This is what Ms Wood’s writing can do: to the caramel slice, to the chicken meal, to the why-waste-your-breath moments to the delicate art of entertaining; she is able to spin a story.

There are recipes, thoughts on larder processions, tending to friends and remaining a person that gives the security of a shared meal. The book is generous and actually very sensible.

Christine Gordon is the Events Coordinator for Readings and is a committee member of The Stella Prize.

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