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Spoon Fed by Kim Severson

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Spoon Fed by Kim Severson

A reliable test of a book for New Yorkers is whether it makes them miss any subway stops. Kim Severson's honest, engaging and funny new food memoir Spoon Fed is so absorbing, I missed my stop on three occasions. Severson, who writes about food for the New York Times, recounts her struggles with alcohol and other demons, while profiling eight women in food whom she says saved her, from Edna Lewis to Rachael Ray. Since she knows most of them personally, the profiles are refreshing in their candor (she describes helping Alice Waters rig a microphone onto her underwear for an interview at the Union Square Greenmarket). But along with some hilarious stories, Severson has created a moving, modern canon of women in food. After the jump, F&W recipes from four of the women in the book.

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