Life is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

James Salter Kay Salter

From the award-winning author James Salter and his wife, Kay - amateur chefs and terrific hosts - here is a lively, beautifully illustrated food lover's companion.

With an entry for each day of the year, Life Is Meals takes us from a Twelfth Night cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year's Eve. This is a book rich with culinary wisdom, history, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors' own stories of their triumphs - and catastrophes - in the kitchen. 

Entries include:
The menu on the Titanic on the fatal night. 
The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the perfect martini. 
How to decide whom to invite to a dinner party - and whom not to.
The greatest dinner ever given at the White House. 
Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m. 
How to cope with acts of god and man-made disasters in the kitchen.

Sophisticated, practical, opinionated and indispensable, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the glory of food and drink, and the joy of sharing them with others.

Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 9781447254928
Published: 09/10/2014

James Salter

James Salter

James Salter is the author of numerous books, including the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days, written with Kay Salter. He died in 2015 at the age of ninety.

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Kay Salter

Kay Salter

Kay Salter, a journalist and playwright, has written for the New York Times and Food & Wine, among other publications. 

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