First Edition of Edna Lewis' In Pursuit of Taste; Signed by Her
In Pursuit of Flavor.
Item Number: 72008
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First edition of Edna Lewis’ third book. Octavo, original glossy boards. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Edna Lewis on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Cathy Aison. Illustrated with reproductions of sketches by Louisa Jones Waller.
Here Lewis forages into the past for the beloved foods of her Virginia childhood, cooked indoors with produce grown in the family garden"a pampered piece of soil outside the kitchen window." Good food, the author argues, must be "honestly cooked": made from produce in season that was raised organically, and prepared simply, with one's feet on the ground. Her repertoire includes distinctly Southern dishes, such as cooked greens and catfish stew, as well as many with a rural accent, requiring squirrels, she-crabs or rabbits. The down-home emphasis is occasionally varied by Nigerian and Ethiopian fare. However, Lewis's best recipes stay close to home (Vidalia onion pickles, Brunswick stew, potato cakes, peach cobber with nutmeg sauce). Admittedly fond of heavy cream, lard and other animal fats, she suggests low-fat alternatives for those who aren't.