All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer

Awards:   Winner of Minnesota Book Award 2016 (United States)
Author:   Karen Babine
Publisher:   Milkweed Editions
ISBN:  

9781571313720


Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 January 2019
Format:   Paperback
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  • Winner of Minnesota Book Award 2016 (United States)

Overview

My sister is pregnant with a Lemon this week, Week 14, and this is amusing. My mother's uterine tumor, the size of a cabbage, is Week 30, and this is terrifying. When her mother is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Karen Babine - a cook, collector of thrifted vintage cast iron, and fiercely devoted daughter, sister, and aunt - can't help but wonder: feed a fever, starve a cold, but what do we do for cancer? And so she commits herself to preparing her mother anything she will eat, a vegetarian diving headfirst into the unfamiliar world of bone broth and pot roast.In these essays, Babine ponders the intimate connections between food, family, and illness. What draws us toward food metaphors to describe disease? What is the power of language, of naming, in a medical culture where patients are too often made invisible? How do we seek meaning where none is to be found - and can we create it from scratch? And how, Babine asks as she bakes cookies with her small niece and nephew, does a family create its own food culture across generations? Generous and bittersweet, All the Wild Hungers is an affecting chronicle of one family's experience of illness and of a writer's culinary attempt to make sense of the inexplicable. 'A lush gem of a book, both heartbreaking and heart-making.' - Amy Thielen

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Author:   Karen Babine
Publisher:   Milkweed Editions
Imprint:   Milkweed Editions
ISBN:  

9781571313720


ISBN 10:   1571313729
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Praise for All the Wild Hungers In All the Wild Hungers, Karen Babine welcomes us into the small consolations and quiet moments that define a life. These elegant meditations on food, faith, and family ring with absolute truth and clarity. --Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire As Karen Babine astutely notes, cancer divides us, sharpens distinctions, isolates, and quarantines. But All the Wild Hungers reunifies (mother and daughter, sufferer and witness, writer and reader) through metaphors of food and family as a private grief is made bearable and shareable in brief, calm, threatening essays about how everyday life must continue amidst uncertainty and pain. The book powerfully and beautifully enacts the stillness we need to survive. --Patrick Madden, author of Quotidiana Praise for Water and What We Know What is the effect of place on character? Of our birth landscape on how we see the world? This wonderful, meditative book asks all the right questions. --Will Weaver Writing with the eloquence of [Barry] Lopez and the compassion of Terry Tempest Williams, Babine is also reaching toward a new generation, ensuring the continuity and the legacy of what she has learned. --Los Angeles Review of Books Babine's focus is on the call of the west and the mountain and rivers that carved its shape. Eloquently, passionately, she strips back the mythology of this land, seeks out the truth lying beneath our American stories, and embraces the complications we must all accept in calling anyplace home. --Booklist The value of essays in this tradition of Thoreau and Olson is to share the insights of others, to measure by our own sentiments and ultimately to examine better how we meet and see the world. --Lake Superior Magazine Whether you're a kindred spirit to the north woods or the most confirmed city dweller, Babine reminds us that the only way we can be grounded in this world is to know our place in it. --Split Rock Review The stories in Water and What We Know bleed together the places of Babine's childhood--lake, forest, and sky--until, as in the Minnesota she so loves, land and water become one. --Mid-American Review


Praise for All the Wild Hungers A lush gem of a book, both heartbreaking and heart-making. Karen Babine's language is the plush dough she kneads, her observations as elastic as gluten bubbles. By the book's conclusion you will become a child again, standing on a chair to peer into the pot, not wanting the process of making--of cooking, of understanding, of as she says, 'consuming the knowing'--to ever end. --Amy Thielen, author of Give a Girl a Knife In this beautiful and haunting book, Karen Babine leads us into the kitchen and cooks healing meals for her mother and herself. With humor and imagination, she names each of her cast iron pots, reclaimed from thrift stores, and simmers the elements of grief and longing, hope and love, with acceptance, insight, and wisdom. --Beth Dooley, author of In Winter's Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland In All the Wild Hungers, Karen Babine welcomes us into the small consolations and quiet moments that define a life. These elegant meditations on food, faith, and family ring with absolute truth and clarity. --Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire As Karen Babine astutely notes, cancer divides us, sharpens distinctions, isolates, and quarantines. But All the Wild Hungers reunifies (mother and daughter, sufferer and witness, writer and reader) through metaphors of food and family as a private grief is made bearable and shareable in brief, calm, threatening essays about how everyday life must continue amidst uncertainty and pain. The book powerfully and beautifully enacts the stillness we need to survive. --Patrick Madden, author of Quotidiana Praise for Water and What We Know What is the effect of place on character? Of our birth landscape on how we see the world? This wonderful, meditative book asks all the right questions. --Will Weaver Writing with the eloquence of [Barry] Lopez and the compassion of Terry Tempest Williams, Babine is also reaching toward a new generation, ensuring the continuity and the legacy of what she has learned. --Los Angeles Review of Books Babine's focus is on the call of the west and the mountain and rivers that carved its shape. Eloquently, passionately, she strips back the mythology of this land, seeks out the truth lying beneath our American stories, and embraces the complications we must all accept in calling anyplace home. --Booklist The value of essays in this tradition of Thoreau and Olson is to share the insights of others, to measure by our own sentiments and ultimately to examine better how we meet and see the world. --Lake Superior Magazine Whether you're a kindred spirit to the north woods or the most confirmed city dweller, Babine reminds us that the only way we can be grounded in this world is to know our place in it. --Split Rock Review The stories in Water and What We Know bleed together the places of Babine's childhood--lake, forest, and sky--until, as in the Minnesota she so loves, land and water become one. --Mid-American Review


Author Information

Karen Babine is the author of Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life, winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction, and a finalist for the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. She also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Eastern Washington University and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Minnesota.

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