Of all the essentials for survival: oxygen, water, sleep and food, only food is a vast treasure trove of memory and of sensory experience. Food is a portal to culture, to times past, to disgust, to comfort, to love: no matter one’s feelings about a particular dish, they are hardly ever neutral.
In My First Popsicle, Zosia Mamet has curated some of the most prominent voices in art and culture to tackle the topic of food in its elegance, its profundity and its incidental charm. With contributions from David Sedaris on the joy of a hot dog, Jia Tolentino on the chicken dish she makes to escape reality, Patti Smith on memories of her mother’s Poor Man’s Cake, Busy Philipps on the struggle to escape the patterns of childhood favourites and more, My First Popsicle is as much an ode to food and emotion as it is to life. After all, the two are inseparable.
This was a great and different kind of read, one that is thought provoking and is light hearted. It was an interesting mix of contributors revealing their favourite food and why it means so much to them. We all take food for granted, but when do people ever really saviour the taste of what ever they are eating and think about what goes into making said food. It is a fun and quirky book all about food, with some great illustrations and some delicious recipes to try for yourself packed in. This book has made me really appreciate food and my love for it.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
Get your copy here: