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ISBN-10: 0520385756
ISBN-13: 9780520385757
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 09/21/2021
Dimensions: 7.87" L, 5.83" W, 0.71" H

Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar, 31: Stories of Food During Wartime by the World’s Leading Correspondents

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These sometimes harrowing, frequently funny, and always riveting stories about food and eating under extreme conditions feature the diverse voices of journalists who have reported from dangerous conflict zones around the world. A profile of the former chef to Kim Jong Il of North Korea describes Kim’s exacting standards for gourmet fare, which he gorges himself on while his country starves. A journalist becomes part of the inner circle of an IRA cell thanks to his drinking buddies. And a young, inexperienced female journalist shares mud crab in a foxhole with an equally young Hamid Karzai. Along with tales of deprivation and repression are stories of generosity and pleasure, sometimes overlapping. This memorable collection, introduced and edited by Matt McAllester, is seasoned by tragedy and violence, spiced with humor and good will, and fortified, in McAllester’s words, with “a little more humanity than we can usually slip into our newspapers and magazine stories.”

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"If breaking bread is key to our humanity, it is doubly so in a conflict zone. In this riveting collection, correspondents share war stories through the lens of food and drink. . . . The food rituals become a vehicle for tales of greed and pettiness, but also friendship and human dignity."– "Mother Jones"
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ISBN-10: 0520385756
ISBN-13: 9780520385757
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 09/21/2021
Dimensions: 7.87" L, 5.83" W, 0.71" H
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