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OP: The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup (signed first printing)

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by Mimi Sheraton
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Chicken soup, also known as Jewish penicillin, is hardly endemic to any particular group of people. In fact, just about every culture across the globe has a variation that serves as comfort, medicine, and nourishment.

In The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup (1995), the inexhaustibly curious Mimi Sheraton explores the universally beloved dish, from those made throughout the Jewish diaspora to those more far flung.

A few chosen (nearly) at random:

  • Caribbean pepper pot—with curry, coconut, and chickpeas—bright, rich, and piquant 
  • Borscht hailing from Poltava, Ukraine 
  • Scottish cock-a-leekie, traditionally featuring the loser of a cockfight, cooked low and slow with leeks and barley
  • Nkara—a Ghanaian variation which includes eggplant, bell peppers, chili, and tomatoes, served with rice or fufu
  • Thai gai tom ka, vibrant and pungent with chilies, galangal, lemongrass, coconut milk, and fish sauce

A smart and exciting exploration of the world through a single culinary concept. 

Our copy is a signed first printing, inscribed to a previous owner. We found laid in an advertisement for the book’s launch party at the now shuttered Upper East Side hot spot, Mortimer’s. We have left the souvenir for the next owner to enjoy. Very Good book block and jacket with minimal shelfwear.

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