The perfect last-minute Christmas gift“ Never has a country-spanning food romp felt this subversive. Frank’s essays―which dissect signature dishes from all 50 states―are nothing short of brilliant…. [A]n exploration of humanity, life, and tastes, the book is delicious.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Part history lesson and part personal storytelling, Matthew Gavin Frank’s The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Through America’s Food is some of this year’s best food writing. . . . The book’s so dense with details, it makes sense that a Goodreads reviewer would say this is the type of food book David Foster Wallace would’ve written.”
—Garin Pirnia, Paste Magazine, Best Cookbooks 2015“This is potent stuff, a demi-glace, if you will, that has been reduced down, unnecessary words struck from the page to offer prose akin to poetry, dense and evocative. . . . A bravado performance. . . . [The Mad Feast] is a very good book, and one that provides the sense of literary adventure that struck me when I first read the opening lines of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer . . . Mr. Frank is not ‘mad’ as the title might imply, nor is he perversely calculating. He feels his way along his travels and connects one notion to another until he develops a literary skein that vibrates with passion. That, I suppose, is a pretty good definition of writing, the good kind.”
Wall Street Journal
A richly illustrated culinary tour of the United States through fifty signature dishes, and a radical exploration of our gastronomic heritage Following his critically acclaimed Preparing the Ghost, renowned essayist Matthew Gavin Frank takes on America’s food. In a surprising style reminiscent of Maggie Nelson or Mark Doty, Frank examines a quintessential dish in each state, interweaving the culinary with personal and cultural associations of each region. From key lime pie (Florida) to elk stew (Montana), The Mad Feast commemorates the unexpected origins of the familiar. Brazenly dissecting the myriad intersections between history and food, Frank, in this gorgeously designed volume, considers politics, sexuality, violence, grief, and pleasure: the cool, creamy whoopie pie evokes toughness in the face of New England winters, while the stewlike perloo serves up an exploration of food and race in the South. Tracing an unpredictable map of our collective appetites, The Mad Feast presents a beguiling flavor profile of the American spirit.
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About Matthew

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of Preparing the Ghost and has written about everything from Italian wine-making to the social hierarchies of a pot farm in California. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.
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