Consuming Passions: A Food Obsessed Life

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A memoir of a long and happy love affair with the delights of food and includes recipes for southern dishes.

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Born in Louisiana and at home in Tennessee, author Michael Lee West makes any old body feel downright welcome at her kitchen table. The coffee's hot, the iced tea is sweet, the cake's a little dry and the conversation shows no sign of abating, even as the last page is turned and the cover is closed on Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life. The subject is variously food, family and Mama, wherein Mama is as much a state of mind as an embodied soul. This is about the South, honey, some of which is of the New South stripe, and some of the Old.

In an easy, talkative style, author West spins tales, shares recipes and hands out advice. In a chapter titled "Funeral Food" she includes recipes for "Lemon Chess Pie" and "Lemon Squares". Among her rules for funeral food, she notes that dishes must be easy to transport as well as appealing to the bereaved. Some foods are simply inappropriate. "I myself have never seen appetisers at a funeral," West writes. "This is not the time to bring "Better Than Sex Cake" or "Death by Chocolate". And it's never a good idea to use uncooked eggs in funeral food."

Consuming Passions is about home cooking, about church basement food, about growing up in Mama's kitchen shadow and learning to cook away from home. West is ever willing to try something new, to fail, to try again, and to defend to her last breath the virtues of her favourite mayonnaise. West has the spirit of a close friend who'll share all her secrets, including her best recipes, some of which her various family members (we meet them all) failed to take to their graves. Sit down, pull up a chair and get ready to listen. --Schuyler Ingle

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