Edible Reads: Celebrating Poetry with Food Stories

April is National Poetry Month reminding us of poets' influential role in our culture. We're celebrating as we know best, through food stories.

By Carmen Torrado Gonzalez, Buffalo Street Books

As we head into May, and the end of April’s Poetry Month celebrations, here are a few books that remind us to enjoy food as we enjoy poetry: messily, hungrily, and beautifully. 


Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin 

Laurie Colwin brings the poetry of life to her recipes by mixing the joys of making and sharing food with her vivid memories and wild tales. From beautifully executed meals to disastrous ones, Colwin’s personal and funny writing invites us all into her sometimes messy, always warm, kitchen.

Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French of The Lost Kitchen

In Finding Freedom, we find ourselves swept up in an epic story of imagination, growth, and endurance. Erin French, with lyrical writing and true passion, shares the incredible ups and downs of starting a business while building a life full of intimacy, immediacy, hardship, triumph, and good food.

Poetry & Children’s

Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World by Julie Larios

We may not be able to take our family’s traveling right now, and thus unable to introduce them to all the wonderful food around the world, but we can read this delightful book of poems! This book is a great cure for our wanderlust (or, wander-hunger,) and a great way to strike the spirit of adventure in our young ones. Highly recommended as a pre-dinner snack.

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