Recently the truth of a line from author Siri Hustvedt struck home: “A book is a collaboration between the one who reads and what is read and, at its best, that coming together is a love story like any other.” Ah, yes, a love story—that shiver of excitement as you read the first page in a long-awaited book and you realize it’s going to be everything you’d hoped. You settle into your chair, and it flits through your head that no one better bother you until you’ve finished the ride. Well, if that’s love, I’ve been truly blessed over the years. I admit it might be passionate obsession.
One of the pleasures of publishing FEAST is that I’m always on the hunt for new discoveries—new loves—that I can share with all of you.
And my greatest wish with every issue is that you will find something special among our suggestions—if not a soul mate, at least an affair of the heart or a friendship “with benefits.” And don’t forget, there is always a printer-friendly copy of each issue to be found on the archives page.
I think you’ll find much to explore this issue. As usual, there are a number of fiction and nonfiction books that focus on universal human themes and move us along toward greater understanding of what life is all about on this amazing blue marble. Our food section contains some fun books that go beyond recipe collections—beginning with sweets in Paris and stops in other countries along the way, ending with Natalie MacLean’s guide to wine’s to accompany the tales. Our film offerings are first-rate and promise chuckles to tragedy. In our adventure travel section this issue, World motorcycle rider Allan Karl shares his experiences riding in foreign lands, his photography, and the food he discovered along the way.
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– Rosemary Carstens