Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship
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Edward becomes an admirer, a mentor, an advisor, a source of nourishment for Isabel's trampled soul and immature personality along with the food he brings, in the safe haven of his apartment. This was a short sweet book but it would have been better if she had written a more detailed account of her time spent with Edward instead of bagging on her d-bag ex-husband so much.
It is easy to fall deeply for Edward's tender heart as Vincent learns how he has savored his life, and over time, begins to create a life that's more inviting and full for herself. Of course any book that describes food so well and so lovingly gets extra points in my book--I wanted to eat and make so many of the dishes mentioned like soft shell crabs, fried in a light batter and served with hot melted butter, perfectly scrambled eggs, avocado salad with pungent blue cheese dressing, Fennel Remoulade over Lettuce, macarons and fleur de sel caramels, Pan-Fried Potatoes with Gruyere, Apricot Souffle and Apple Galette, to name just a few.We all strive to be that well rounded, socially gifted persona, or spend time learning from those special people. I liked the way Isabel valued the friendship and grew as a person in the time she was able to experience this special relationship. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. With Edward, Isabel experiences chivalry, develops a sense of her own femininity and and examines life values from a broader scope. For even a shared bowl of chowder could transform loneliness and anxiety into friendship, freedom, and a pure, simple pleasure Isabel had not known she could find again.
Isabel is moved from her self-preoccupation by Edward's indomitable spirit and his determination, despite the death of his beloved wife, to live the remainder of his life with joy and meaning. Some of the cooking process is shared in numerous chapters and to be honest, for maximum enjoyment, it helps if the reader can cook or has some knowledge of upscale food preparation. In these days where we often eat on the run, it's also a reminder to take the time to share a wonderful meal with good food and thoughtful conversation.a moving memoir of a sweet friendship between Isabel Vincent, a journalist in New York who, at the time, was going through a marriage crisis, and Edward, a ninety-something-year-old who had just lost his wife of 69 years when the two were introduced by his daughter. This is a celebration of the ordinary beauty in a life well-lived and in a friendship based completely on unselfish love.
We have cut ourselves off from the wisdom and beauty of those who have gone before and inundated ourselves with our own myopic view of the world, cluttered by social media and steeped in egotistical self-help propaganda. There was an especially annoying dialogue where he described why he liked women, what with their soft femininity. Do Americans really get together and then proclaim joyfully to one another, ‘This has been the greatest night of my life, I won’t ever forget it’? The reader will be reminded that even ordinary people are extraordinary if time is taken to ask and listen. I'm not sure if she intended for the reader to feel the nuances of her remark, or was truly unaware of the ageism in it.
To balance the relationship we get Edward, a guy who set out to be an actor, then a playwright, then a poet. Her recently widowed ninety-something neighbour would prepare weekly meals for her, dinners Isabel would never cook for herself – fresh oysters, juicy steak, sugar-dusted apple galette. Fabulous well written, captivating - I felt I was Isabel living her story - so beautiful I didn't want it to finish. In his nineties, he'd recently been widowed and Valerie was worried about him losing the will to live.