Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life

Paperback | September 5, 2006

byMichael Lee West

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Consuming Passions is Michael Lee West's delightfully quirky memoir of an adventurous life centered around food and family&#8212the story of how she went from non-cook to gourmet of words and victuals by watching a multitude of relatives squabble, prepare sumptuous repasts, and carry on honored traditions. Laced with delicious secret recipes passed from generation to generation, West's irresistible chronicle recalls good times and wild times&#8212mothers swinging from chandeliers, elderly aunts brewing up love potions, a South American nymphomaniac stirring up trouble at a Louisiana barbeque joint, and the spooky hauntings of a cabbage-eating ghost&#8212all in the pursuit of good dining. Thoroughly entertaining, alive with West's distinctive humor and sharp, irrepressible insight, here are incomparable American kitchen tales as warm and tasty as freshly baked bread.

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The southern United States is famous for its unique brand of cooking. Michelle Lee West, author of She Flew the Coop and American Pie, combines her love of food with growing up in the south in Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life. West shares her stories of becoming an accidental gourmet and the tribulations of trying ...

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Consuming Passions is Michael Lee West's delightfully quirky memoir of an adventurous life centered around food and family&#8212the story of how she went from non-cook to gourmet of words and victuals by watching a multitude of relatives squabble, prepare sumptuous repasts, and carry on honored traditions. Laced with delicious secret r...

Michael Lee West is the author of Mad Girls in Love, Crazy Ladies, American Pie, She Flew the Coop, and Consuming Passions. She lives with her husband on a rural farm in Tennessee with three bratty Yorkshire terriers, a Chinese Crested, assorted donkeys, chickens, sheep, and African Pygmy goats.Her faithful dog Zap (above) was the ins...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060984422

ISBN - 13:9780060984427

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The southern United States is famous for its unique brand of cooking. Michelle Lee West, author of She Flew the Coop and American Pie, combines her love of food with growing up in the south in Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life. West shares her stories of becoming an accidental gourmet and the tribulations of trying to create culinary masterpieces. This book contains a series of family recipes for readers to tackle on their own. Anyone who loves cooking and the work of Fannie Flagg will also love West’s work.

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"Every Sunday, the whole family gathered at Mama Hughes's house in Amite County, Mississippi. They were ferocious eaters and talkers, devouring rumors and innuendo with gusto. Food was their common language, and everyone undertstood the dialects."--Aunt Tempe, reminiscing about family dinners"A scrumptiously witty memoir about family, food, and the American South."--"People"A must-read...Everything about "Consuming Passions--from the title to the recipes--just drips with Southern charm."--"Denver Post