Originally published in 2015 by the distinguished writer Maryse Condé in French as Mets et Merveilles, this first English version of her charming thematic autobiography entitled Of Morsels and Marvels is translated by none other than her husband, Richard Philcox. It is a coming-of-age story tracing her life from Guadeloupe, to Africa, France, and the United States, along with her broad travels in between; through it she comments on her personal growth and learning, as well as larger societal issues. The meals and recipes that Condé features—some effortless to remember, others hard to forget—are what spark many of these powerful conversations.

From the outset of her life story, Condé describes both cooking and writing, meals and literature, as her two passions. The author aims to hash out the differences and similarities between food and literature while concurrently dealing...

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