Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION. Take Big Bites 1 (11)
An introduction to a life of adventures
around the world, across the table, and from
the heart, and why in the world you might
give a damn.
ONE: The Prism of Memory
Vietnam, 1995 12 (15)
Dead Zippos and anise and lime soup for
breakfast on a mother-son journey to a
place frozen in time. For a moment.
TWO. A Table for One
Texas, England, Italy, Turkey, 1950-2004 27 (21)
A love song to the joys of traveling alone,
sung slightly off-key and, of course, a
THREE: Whatever You Do ... Don't
Bolivia, 1963 48 (16)
A young woman who knows everything rebels
against her upbringing by becoming a failed
missionary with a taste for stewed guinea
FOUR: Border Crossings
Tex-Mex border, 1969, 1999, 2004 64 (19)
Two women cross a border in search of a
memory, others cross in search of a future,
and cheese turns out to be the best bridge.
FIVE: Afternoon Delight
France, 1976, 2000 83 (15)
The story of lunch, the sexiest meal of
all, and a country where a marriage died
SIX: Like a Rhinestone Cowgirl
Houston, New England, 1962, 1998 98 (15)
A tale of how forgiveness, faith in one
another, and fudge pie held together a band
of girlfriends for more than fifty years.
SEVEN: No Shit, There I Was...
Grand Canyon, Appalachian Trail, 1992-1998 113(13)
Gorp is good and fear is your friend. An
older woman learns newer tricks when she
takes on the wilderness.
EIGHT: The Man Who Hated Picnics
New York, Napa, New Orleans, and New England, 126(16)
Two very different people find odd ways to
travel, eat, love, and live together.
NINE: The Fly on the Beluga
New York, 1986 142(13)
A journalist is seduced by caviar and her
tasteless assumptions about rich people.
TEN: Take Small Bites
Baltimore, 1998 155(9)
The same journalist discovers what it's
like to be seen as rich by those who have
so much less, and still so much to give.
ELEVEN: Divorced Eggs and Ham
San Miguel, 2001 164(15)
So how about spending a holiday熔r a
life擁n a country not your own?
TWELVE: Home for the Holidays
Several Locations, 1944-present 179(37)
A reality check: why food, family, and
holidays will always be messy and why it's
THIRTEEN: The Woman Who Hated Cruising (Around 196(20)
the world, 1986-2001)
Sometimes nibbles of elsewhere make up a
meal worth the trip. And sometimes not.
FOURTEEN: Faces of Hope
Afghanistan, 2002 216(19)
A journey to the heart of a devastated land
in search of hope and mutton.
FIFTEEN: Pass It On
Alaska, Oregon, New Mexico, Long Island, 235(20)
Hawaii, London, Wales, Seattle, Portland,
An ongoing road show starring children,
weddings, red dresses, potato chip
sandwiches, and a box of dreams.
SIXTEEN Nadia's Room
Santorini, 2002 255(23)
Everybody ought to spend a month on an
island far, far away. At least once.
SEVENTEEN: The River of No Return
Thames Path, England, 2004 278(23)
James Taylor and Julia Child accompany a
woman on a 200-mile hike to her sixtieth
birthday. As a gift, they teach her the
secret of life. And so she goes...on.
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