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Book Group: Poor Man’s Feast, by Elissa Altman

September 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, by Elissa Altman: Next Book Group Selection

The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be discussing the book Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking (Chronicle Books, 2013) by Elissa Altman.

To RSVP email the Book Group at sfrrbookgroup@gmail.com.  The Slow Food Russian River Book Group is open to anyone who can read, loves cooking a dish, and likes a good conversation. You don’t need to be a member of Slow Food, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one. Location in Sebastopol with RSVP.

The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm. It’s a convivial dinner. Please bring a dish for four and a beverage.


Poor Man’s Feast on Goodreads

From James Beard Award-winning writer Elissa Altman comes a story that marries wit to warmth, and flavor to passion. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining everywhere from Le Pavillion to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical, from the rare game birds she served at elaborate dinner parties in an apartment so tiny that guests couldn’t turn around to the eight timbale molds she bought while working at Dean & DeLuca, just so she could make tall food.

When Elissa met Susan…

But love does strange things to people, and when Elissa met Susan — a small-town Connecticut Yankee with parsimonious tendencies and a devotion to simple living — it would change Elissa’s relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. With tender and often hilarious honesty (and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man’s Feast is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love. (less)

(Goodreads, with 1500+ readers reflections)

Table of Contents of Poor Man’s Feast

Prologue p. 8

Part I

Chapter 1 Bread and Cheese p. 13
Chapter 2 Executed Chicken p. 29
Chapter 3 Tall Food p. 40
Chapter 4 Sing Along with Mitch p. 47
Chapter 5 Brunch with Mrs. Eisenberg p. 52
Chapter 6 Mornay p. 60
Chapter 7 Mother Sauces p. 67
Chapter 8 Calling p. 75
Chapter 9 The Family Baby p. 83
Chapter 10 Arnaud p. 90
Chapter 11 Cast-Iron Stomach p. 100
Chapter 12 In Susan’s Kitchen p. 108
Chapter 13 The Tree p. 120
Chapter 14 Christmas Dinner p. 133

Part II

Chapter 15 Famous p. 142
Chapter 16 Diet White p. 148
Chapter 17 Fish p. 156
Chapter 18 The Guy on the Cross p. 164
Chapter 19 Party p. 173
Chapter 20 Cheese Food p. 181
Chapter 21 Farmers’ Market p. 187
Chapter 22 Foraging p. 197

Part III

Chapter 23 Bitten in the Garden p. 206
Chapter 24 The Land of Lost Contentment p. 218
Chapter 25 Craving p. 225
Chapter 26 The Heat p. 235
Chapter 27 Summer Birthdays p. 246
Chapter 28 Merging p. 259
Chapter 29 Italy p. 267
Chapter 30 After the Storm p. 279

Recipe Index p. 285
Acknowledgments p. 286

About the Author of Poor Man’s Feast

Elissa Altman writes Poor Man’s Feast, winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog. A food and cookbook editor as well as writer, her work has appeared in Saveur, the New York Times, Gilt Taste, the Huffington Post, and has twice been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing. She lives in Conneticut with Susan Turner and a small herd of animals.

Interview with the Author of Poor Man’s Feast

An Interview with Elissa Altman, Food Blogger and Author of Poor Man’s Feast by Claire Stanford, Posted in Books & Media, Out & About on Wed, 03/20/2013.

“[W]hen I started Poor Man’s Feast in 2008, it was my goal to create a narrative about the way we feed ourselves and others in our homes, in our lives, in our collective past. I wanted to talk about simple food as the thing that brings us together as people, rather than divides us.”

More by Elissa Altman

Poor Man’s Feast, a blog.

Big food : amazing ways to cook, store, freeze, and serve everything you buy in bulk. (Emmaus, PA : Rodale, 2005)

Contents Taking stock: big food shopping advice — The basics: how to make everyday essentials go the distance — Big food stocks and soups — Big food salads — In the beginning: big food on appetizers and other small dishes — Brain food: big food on fish — Into the henhouse: big food on poultry — The big beef: big food on beef (and lamb) — In a pig’s eye: big food on pork — Big food on wine — How long will it last? Maximum freezer life chart.
Note Includes index.

Summary Explains how shoppers can make the most of the cost-saving benefits of buying foods in bulk by offering taste-tempting tips on food storage, meal planning, shopping, and 125 recipes for cooking creatively.

Infrequent potatoes. In: Best food writing 2015 / edited by Holly Hughes (Boston, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2015)

A sort of chicken that we call fish. In: Best food writing 2014 / edited by Holly Hughes (Boston, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2014)

In Susan’s Kitchen. In: Best food writing 2013 / edited by Holly Hughes (Boston, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2013)

Angry breakfast eggs. In: Best food writing 2012 / edited by Holly Hughes. (Boston, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2012)

Craving the food of depravity, from PoorMansFeast.com In: Best food writing 2011 / edited by Holly Hughes (Boston, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2011)

Elissa Altman on Huffington Post



Food Chronicle ‘Poor Man’s Feast,’ by Elissa Altman, and More, by Dawn Drzalmay. New York Times, May 29, 2013

The Last Word: Poor Man’s Feast by Elissa Altman, by Kurt Michael Friese. Civileats on February 25, 2013

Love the One You’re (Eating) With: a Review of ‘Poor Man’s Feast’. March 4 2013, by Amanda Bloom.

Review by Sally D. Ketchum in New York Journal of Books

Review from thebookselfblog




Book Group at the May 5 session on The End of Overeating

Book Group at the May 5 session on The End of Overeating


September 1, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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