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Dinner with Edward

by Isabel Vincent

‘Everyone deserves her own Edward – and everyone deserves to read this book.’

When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter by agreeing to check in on her nonagenarian dad, Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life.

As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette, the perfect martini or tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be.

Dinner with Edward is a book about love and nourishment, sorrow and joy, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M.F.K. Fisher, ‘sustain us against the hungers of the world’.

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‘Everyone deserves her own Edward – and everyone deserves to read this book.’
– Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire

‘Delightfully combining the warm-heartedness of Tuesdays with Morrie with the sensual splendor of
Julie and Julia, this is a memoir to treasure.’
– Booklist (starred review)

Dinner with Edward is spare of style and emotion, yet one of the most stylish and emotional works of nonfiction I have ever read. I savoured every page.’
– Bob Colacello, author of Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up

‘Rich with description of meals savoured, losses grieved and moments cherished, it’s at once tender, revealing and utterly enchanting.’
– Gail Simmons, author of Talking with My Mouth Full