A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand
A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand celebrates Jim Harrison, acclaimed author of 39 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry--including Legends of the Fall, The Big Seven and Brown Dog. With an introduction by chef Mario Batali, Harrison's longtime friend, this posthumous collection includes 48 sage and succulent essays that span from 1981 to 2015.
Simply to call Harrison salty is to ignore the myriad flavors of his searing wit and capacious heart. He was a consummate poet with an appetite to match, and his food writing is among his best and most fun. In the titular essay, Harrison delightfully details a 37-course meal he enjoyed in France. A man interested in both morality and morels, his humor permeates even the holy; in "Snake-Eating," he wrote, "Everyone knows that if Adam and Eve had eaten the snake rather than the apple, the world would be a better place."
In this collection, Harrison's wisdom shines throughout. "Whenever life begins to crush me," he declared, "I know I can rely on Bandol, garlic, and Mozart." We can add Harrison's writing to this list of life's pleasures. --Katie Weed, freelance writer and reviewer