Literary Feasts – The Beginners, by Rebecca Wolff/ Lamb Chops With Green Peas and Mashed Potatoes

lamb chops with peas and potatoes

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Food in books usually serves a purpose greater than just the delight of my food loving heart. What people eat and how they react to it gives insight into their socio-economic status, tastes and preferences and character. In The Beginner, by Rebecca Wolff, Ginger’s mother has a view of food the informs the way you see her and her relationship to her daughter…

I heard my mother’s call from downstairs. We had lamb chops that night, and so I know we also had small green peas and mashed potatoes and mint jelly. Frozen peas, reconstituted potatoes from a box, jelly from a vacuum sealed jar; these are the ends by which we come by our means. What more can we ask? My mother hated to cook-“didn’t care about food”; “would just as soon have gone without”-though she never said this out loud, only muttered it under her breath as she she stripped the yellow fat from raw chicken breasts, or sliced a bitter cucumber expertly against her pink thumbs in the salad bowl. I am grateful that she saw the necessity of feeding her growing daughter as long as she did.

There are more yummy posts about food, cookbooks, recipes and novels featuring food over at Weekend Cooking, hosted by Beth Fish Reads. Check it out!

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