Advance praise for Poor Man’s Feast

“Smart, funny, and unflinchingly real, Elissa Altman writes like no one else. Poor Man’s Feast is a reminder of the richness in simplicity, an invitation to a table set with wine and warm tomato sandwiches a brave, generous story about family, food, and finding the way home.”


Poor Man’s Feast is two overlapping love stories. It is a pleasure to get to live both at Altman’s joyously, irreverently laid table.”

TAMAR ADLER, An Everlasting Meal

“Ms. Altman possesses writerly storytelling skills reminiscent of Elizabeth David, MFK Fisher, A. J. Liebling, and is certainly reflective of Laurie Colwin and her praise of simple, homecooked, real food. Poor Man’s Feast deserves a place on the shelf with the finest food writers.”

New York Journal of Books

“Elissa Altman’s hilariously unselfconscious, touching memoir covers all the bases a good book should: food, family, and love. I read it in a single sitting; I bet you will, too.”  

Daily Candy

“W.H. Auden once said of legendary food writer MFK Fisher ‘I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose.’ This is how I feel about Elissa Altman.”


“When [Altman] describes her Jewish upbringing, one can hear echoes of Philip Roth and Isaac Bashevis Singer….”

Bostonia Magazine

“Poor Man’s Feast is a wild ride with biting highs, withering lows, and tremendous wit and humor. But throughout, there is a great tenderness that is so consistently warm and moving that when the end came, as it was bound to, I found myself searching for even just a bit more, like picking up especially divine pastry crumbs with a moistened fingertip, before gently closing the covers. A beautiful story.”

DEBORAH MADISON, Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

“Who wrote the book of love? Elissa Altman did. Poignant, funny, and full of wisdom, every single page should be savored.”

TRACEY RYDER, founder and CEO of Edible Communities Publications