The Bread I Eat
El pan que como
A beautiful book about food, the codes shared by Mediterranean cultures, daily life, memories, and literature.
“I’m going to eat.” This book about food starts with this succinct phrase. It’s about food and life, food and memories, food and literature. This is not a narrative about high gastronomy, nor does it contain elaborate and obscure recipes. This book revolves around a modest stew that the author decides to eat at home. And so, from this humble and traditional dish, the following chapters talk about the neighborhood store that sells prepared food, the ingredients in the stew—the legumes, the vegetables…—the tablecloth and utensils, the water and wine and bread that accompany it, the cruets, the cooking process…And through all of these elements, the author delves into everyday life, into her childhood memories, into the literary pages in which food is the protagonist…
«She discovers new territories with every novel» (William R. Risley, World Literature Today).
Paloma Díaz-Mas (Madrid, 1954) is a research professor at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and was for eighteen years professor of literature at the University of the País Vasco. She has published studies of oral and Romance literature, Medieval Spanish literatureand Sephardi culture. At the age of only nineteen she published her first book of short stories (recently re-published as an E-book under the title Ilustres desconocidos). At Anagrama she haspublished the novels El rapto del Santo Grial (runner-up for the 1st Premio Herralde de Novela 1983), El sueño de Venecia (Premio Herralde de Novela 1992) and La tierra fértil (Premio Euskadi 2000 and runner-up for the Premio de la Crítica); the book of stories Nuestro milenio (1987), the autobiographical tales Una ciudad llamada Eugenio (1992) and Como un libro cerrado (2005). She also worked on two collections of stories edited by Laura Freixas, Madres e hijas (2002) and Cuentos de amigas (2009).