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Author: Emily Nunn Narrator: Candace Thaxton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781508241676
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In the tradition of Elizabeth Gilbert and Ruth Reichl, former New Yorker editor Emily Nunn chronicles her journey to heal old wounds and find comfort in the face of loss through travel, home-cooked food, and the company of friends and family.

One life-changing night, reeling from her beloved brother’s sudden death, a devastating breakup with her handsome engineer fiancé and eviction from the apartment they shared, Emily Nunn had lost all sense of family, home, and financial security. After a few glasses of wine, heartbroken and unmoored, Emily—an avid cook and professional food writer—poured her heart out on Facebook. The next morning she woke up with an awful hangover and a feeling she’d made a terrible mistake—only to discover she had more friends than she knew, many of whom invited her to come visit and cook with them while she put her life back together. Thus began the Comfort Food Tour.

Searching for a way forward, Emily travels the country, cooking and staying with relatives and friends. She also travels back to revisit scenes from her dysfunctional Southern upbringing, dominated by her dramatic, unpredictable mother and her silent, disengaged father. Her wonderfully idiosyncratic aunts and uncles and cousins come to life in these pages, all part of the rich Southern story in which past and present are indistinguishable, food is a source of connection and identity, and a good story is often preferred to a not-so-pleasant truth. But truth, pleasant or not, is what Emily Nunn craves, and with it comes an acceptance of the losses she has endured, and a sense of hope for the future.

In the salty snap of a single Virginia ham biscuit, in the sour tang of Grandmother’s Lemon Cake, Nunn experiences the healing power of comfort food—and offers up dozens of recipes for the wonderful meals that saved her life. With the biting humor of David Sedaris and the emotional honesty of Cheryl Strayed, Nunn delivers a moving account of her descent into darkness and her gradual, hard-won return to the living. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gorgeous and moving, Nunn’s memoir will enlighten readers on how closely food can be intertwined with healing…With powerful prose and rich details, her memoir is simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “As much as readers may want to visit the kitchen to try a recipe, it may be difficult to tear themselves away from the author’s beautifully written narrative, rich in details and filled with humor and poignancy…Combining elements of food, travel, and family histories, this engrossing account will interest everyone from culinary memoir lovers to general audiences.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A delightful ride—with recipes.”

    People

  • “[Nunn] has cooked all of these vibrant flavors into a memoir…I tasted it, bright on every page, and I finished hungry for more.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “Nourishing, truthful reflections on family, friends, and love all wrapped up in the idea of food as sustenance for both the body and the soul.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Narrator

Candace Thaxton is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has starred in several films and television shows, including Ghost Town and Law & Order.