In June and July, we’re featuring the work of our Literary Mama editors. This week, Editor-in-Chief Caroline Grant is offering two books: one she and LM Contributor Lisa Catherine Harper edited (The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat) and one by Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half).
Deadline: July 16
One of our main goals in gathering these stories is to broaden the conversation about family food beyond buzz words and manifestos. Instead of thinking about–and judging–what we eat, our writers ask you to think about how, why, and with whom. There are lots of books you can read to learn about sustainable food, but we invite you to think about something different: how to create a sustainable family food culture. Once you’ve read Cassoulet, chances are you’ll realize you’re already doing a lot of things right. The stories are perfect for starting a discussion about what food means in your family.
We had a lot of interest when we hosted a book giveaway in May 2013—you can read that post here–and interest since hasn’t diminished. Check out these radio interviews for more details or listen to this discussion about exploring our food traditions.
In addition to Cassoulet, Caroline is giving away one copy of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, noting that “it has some great stuff about her mom.” In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Brosh described her writing style—which features illustration of “very precise crudeness”—as “stand-up comedy in book form.” The book grew from her blog which was included in a 2011 list of the funniest sites on the Internet; in 2013, Brosh was included in Advertising Age’s annual list of the year’s most influential and creative thinkers and doers. Read an excerpt.
To enter the drawing, leave a comment below or send an email to lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. Please specify which book you’re interested in, or write “Both Books” if you want your name included in both drawings. Deadline to enter: July 16
In addition to serving as our editor-in-chief, Caroline is the Associate Director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation and co-editor of two anthologies. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught classes on film, women’s studies, American literature, and writing; she has also taught at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her essays have been published in a number of journals and anthologies (including five years as Literary Mama’s Mama at the Movies columnist). She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.