Each chapter opens with a story told with the inimitable brio of the author. We see Conroy in New Orleans celebrating his triumphant novel The Prince of Tides at a new restaurant where there is a contretemps with its hardworking young owner/chef, years later he discovered the earnest young chef was none other than Emeril Lagasse; we accompany Pat and his wife on their honeymoon in Italy and wander with him, wonderstruck, through the markets of Umbria and Rome; we learn how a dinner with his fighter-pilot father was preceded by the Great Santini himself acting out a perilous night flight that would become the last chapters of one of his son's most beloved novels. These tales and more are followed by corresponding recipes, from Breakfast Shrimp and Grits and Sweet Potato Rolls to Pappardelle with Prosciutto and Chestnuts and Beefsteak Florentine to Peppered Peaches and Creme Brulee. A master storyteller and passionate cook, Conroy believes that "A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal".
©2004 Pat Conroy and Suzanne Williamson Pollak; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"[Author Pat Conroy's] recollections range from hilarious to poignant. But throughout, he easily convinces listeners to share his opinion that 'cooking and story-telling make the most delightful co-conspirators.'" (Publishers Weekly)
This book is a wonderful continuation of Pat Conroy sharing wonderful life stories of life in the low country. It is so great to hear the word from Pat himself!
The sunset ending.
Description of grilling a steak.
Please ask Pat to record more of his books.
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Just too short, I wanted more. Would definitely recommend, it was funny and insightful.
I learned how to cook when a child from Granny but had to expand my skills as an adult after having memorable meals at great restaurants.
Conroy's descriptions of past eating and cooking memories are tasty treats that I am "rationing" to myself. No binge watching allowed! LOL
You find yourself smiling and saying Yummmmm while listening to this book :D
I highly recommend this audible book to those that seriously and fondly remember their own pest repasts. Those that love MFK Fisher and Ruth Reichl will surely enjoy Conroy.
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