Eat This Poem
I want to remember us this way—
late September sun streaming through
the window, bread loaves and golden
bunches of grapes on the table,
spoonfuls of hot soup rising
to our lips, filling us
with what endures.
—Peter Pereira, from “A Pot of Red Lentils”
Food and poetry are two of life’s essential ingredients. In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and meals are richer and more meaningful. The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book—from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield—are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate. Eat This Poem opens us up to fresh ways of accessing poetry and lends new meaning to the foods we cook.
"Flipping through the pages of Eat This Poem will make you feel as though you’re sitting down with an old, wise friend over tea—with the anticipation of a great meal to follow. The poems, and the stories behind each recipe, reinforce how meaningful the simple act of feeding and nourishing ourselves and our family is. A must for the reader and cook in your life!" —Megan Gordon, author of Whole-Grain Mornings
"I have always appreciated how Nicole brings a peace and stillness to the kitchen as she connects recipes with poetry. What a piece of art to have a book that delightfully marries the two." —Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon