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“This earthy, gorgeously-written, sensual, powerful book is so compulsively-readable you’ll want to read it in one great gulp, but you’ll also want to slow down and savor every delicious morsel. Elissa Altman has written a brave and generous memoir, a lucid love letter to her own family’s history that – in its bracing clarity and large-heartedness – does the work of great memoir in piercing the reader’s separateness, and reminding us that we are not alone. I love this book.” — Dani Shapiro, Author of Devotion

 Treyf is a beautiful, brilliant memoir filled with striking images, unforgettable people, and vivid stories. Elissa Altman has given us the story of an era and a tribe, rooted in 1970s New York City, and wrought with such visceral love that the pages shimmer.”—Kate Christensen, Author of Blue Plate Special

Treyf is a memoir that reads like a novel, a spellbinding portrait of a very specific world that also serves as a universal primer on identity, on loneliness, on the nature of familial bonds, on the ways we make sense of the mess of our lives. Gorgeous, singular, heartbreaking, haunting.”—Joanna Rakoff, Author of My Salinger Year

“Intricately structured, exquisitely wrought, Treyf exposes the love and longing at the core of transgression. It is a tour de force—nimble, cinematic, restrained. The sacred and the profane are no binary in Altman’s world; they are two chambers of a single beating heart.”—Jessica Fechtor, Author of Stir

 “Savvy, warm hearted, and profoundly illuminating…The meaning of the forbidden—in a family, in a self—and the human needs we all struggle with are gloriously explored. This is a transforming book, one of the most satisfying memoirs I’ve ever read.”—Bonnie Friedman, Author of Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays

“The author turns a literary microscope on her growing-up years and the people who influenced her for good and bad. Like eating popcorn (gourmet popcorn), this is hard to put down…. Altman’s conflicted feelings about her life, her parents, and, yes, food infuse this delicious memoir.”—Booklist

“In this richly textured narrative, Altman not only reveals how she learned to interweave the contradictory threads of her life into a complex whole. She also gives eloquent voice to the universal human desire to belong. A poignant and life-affirming family memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews


Poor Man’s Feast is Altman’s smart yet tender tale of her gastronomical and spiritual evolution…. Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, this is one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.” – New York Times Book Review

“The author—a New York editor, cook, and award-winning blogger—artfully merges relationship narrative, personal history, and food memoir in this satisfying book….Luminous writing brings many stories small and large to feed the heart.” – Publisher’s Weekly

 Elissa Altman in many ways reminds me of the poet Elizabeth Bishop, probably because of the painstaking acuity she brings to every aspect of her life and work….Her book proves why so many writers’ writers believe that her food writing is among the best, or is the best, writing being published today in the USA.” – Abe Opincar, Fried Butter

“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.” — Molly Wizenberg, A Homemade Life

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, home-cooked, “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.” – Kurt Michael Friese, Huffington Post

“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