Bite by Bite: Nourishments and Jamborees

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Ecco Press
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5.8 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the New York Times bestselling illustrated collection of nature essays World of Wonders, chosen as Barnes & Noble's Book of the Year and as a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. She has published four award-winning poetry collections and is the poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the storytelling branch of the Sierra Club. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with her family and is a professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.


"A collection of flavorful memories. . . . A graceful memoir. . . . not unlike halo-halo, a mixture of unexpected ingredients that make for a delectable dessert. . . . Savory food writing." -- Kirkus

"Aimee Nezhukumatathil's Bite by Bite is an intimate invitation to come sit at her table; each essay is studded with richly rendered traditions and unexpected anecdotes that range from tender to hilarious to downright devastating. A feast of a collection." -- Elizabeth Acevedo, author of Family Lore and The Poet X

"Over the years, Aimee Nezhukumatathil's writing has fed me in ways I didn't even know were possible. So it is appropriate, then, that she has now turned her attention to the world of food, which she writes about with such remarkable dexterity. Bite by Bite is a book about memory, pleasure, regret, and celebration. It uses food to talk about what it means to be human--to love, to learn, to laugh, to lose. Nezhukumatathil's writing has changed the way I look at food, and made me infinitely more grateful for those whom I share it with. I love this book." -- Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed and Above Ground

"Nezhukumatathil's background as a poet is obvious throughout. Her writing is lyrical (some essays include poems), and her brevity shows her skill in word choice and description. Bite by Bite will be an especially good option for anyone trying to get out of a reading slump." -- Eater

"Nezhukumatathil's prowess as a poet infuses this unique memoir meditation on the foods that mean the most to her. . . Each chapter weaves facts, trivia, mythology, and personal stories together, linking Nezhukumatathil's food subjects through space and time. . . She ties it all up with vivid prose that recalls the excitement of a mother anticipating her child eating their first handpicked berry. This whimsical and soothing work will appeal to fans of food writing, memoirs, intercultural stories, and poetry." -- Booklist

"A lively and delicious read. . . [Nezhukumatathil's] book is an invitation to ask what nourishes us." -- Seattle Times

"With Bite by Bite, the author of World of Wonders is gifting us a collection of essays about how food is inherently tied to our memories and emotions. From shaved ice to rambutan to lumpia, what we eat and drink can summon feelings of joy, grief, and nostalgia, just as it carves out ethnic boundaries." -- Book Riot

"Nezhukumatathil weaves a personal memoir through food...[She] doesn't waver. Food can be a map toward home, toward memory, toward lineage, her book argues. And with it, she beckons us to explore." --

"Delightful...The book of bite-sized essays...take readers on a gastronomic tour around the world...[Nezhukumatathil's] writing is much more than an exploration of nourishment. It's also an invitation." -- Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

"A smorgasbord of concise and lyrical odes to foods linked to some of her most important memories. . . .The author's dazzling prose is the highlight."? -- Publishers Weekly

"From crispy fried sticks of lumpia to sugar-sweet watermelon, these lyrical essays dive deep into the joys of flavor and being alive to savor it all." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Charming and skillfully sculpted, Bite by Bite compels readers to engage their own delicious memories and complex inheritances." -- Boston Globe