Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here.

The Traveling Feast

The Traveling Feast

On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes

Acclaimed author Rick Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this “rich smorgasbord of a memoir . . . a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute” (New York Times Book Review).

“Exuberant . . . A classic . . . This is a rich bounty of a book.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
“A master.”–Boston Globe

“One of the very best writers we have.”–San Francisco Chronicle

“Both mythic and intimate . . . A virtuoso.”–O: The Oprah Magazine

“The beauty of his sentences recalls the stylistic finesse of Cormac McCarthy and Willa Cather.”–Chicago Tribune

From his bid to become Eudora Welty’s lawn boy to the time George Plimpton offered to punch him in the nose, lineage has always been important to Rick Bass. Now at a turning point–in his midfifties, with his long marriage dissolved and his grown daughters out of the house–Bass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim: to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life.

The result, an odyssey to some of America’s most iconic writers, is also a record of self-transformation as Bass seeks to recapture the fire that drove him as a young man. Along the way we join in escapades involving smuggled contraband, an exploding grill, a trail of blood through Heathrow airport, an episode of dog-watching with Amy Hempel in Central Park, and a near run-in with plague-ridden prairie dogs on the way to see Lorrie Moore, as well as heartwarming and bittersweet final meals with the late Peter Matthiessen, John Berger, and Denis Johnson. Poignant, funny, and wistful, The Traveling Feast is a guide to living well and an unforgettable adventure that nourishes and renews the spirit.

Read More

Genre: Nonfiction / Literary Criticism / Books & Reading

On Sale: June 5th 2018

Price: $28 / $36.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780316381239

What's Inside

Read More Read Less

Reader Reviews

Praise

"A culinary catharsis...The Traveling Feast serves up a rich smorgasbord of a memoir, truffled with pungent anecdote, sometimes funny, sometimes sorrowful, always savory. The melancholic power of these reunions is heightened by the reader's awareness that some of these literary lions (Peter Matthiessen, Denis Johnson, John Berger) were soon to roar their last. But there's also abundant hilarity, usually provided by Bass's mountain-man approach to the dinner table...A soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute."—Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book Review
Read More Arrow Icon
"This is a series of stories about travel and food...but it becomes more a story of life morals. Bass is collecting advice and credos from each writer in search of inspiration to move forward in his life and career...Each host's approach to life, love, nature, or time is revealed with quotes that will stick with you."—Ashley Day, USA Today
Read More Arrow Icon
"At 55, after a divorce that left him reeling, Bass lost his hunger for art--and stopped writing. To rekindle the spark, he reached back to his roots, setting out once more to become a student...The cure took, and this soul-satisfying book is the proof."—O, The Oprah Magazine
Read More Arrow Icon
"The Traveling Feast is by turns ruminative, hilarious and melancholy."—Jenny Shank, Dallas Morning News
Read More Arrow Icon
"In this exuberant literary road trip, Bass takes on the role of a roving wordsmith caterer, traveling the country to visit the writers who have inspired him and thanking them by preparing them home-cooked meals...Conversation inevitably flows through a series of wonderful, sincere encounters...Bass ruminates on what makes good writing and great writers while obsessing over his multicourse gourmet feasts with nearly the same devotion to detail...The camaraderie of like-minded literary folk is infectious, and Bass's account of hauling the meat of an elk he had a shot in Montana--now thawing and bleeding through its packaging--through Heathrow airport to David Sedaris's quaint British cottage is a miniature classic. This is a rich bounty of a book."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Read More Arrow Icon
"Bass's reflective, funny, and generous chronicle of culinary adventures and nourishing literary encounters will renew readers' appreciation for stories and storytellers and how literature guides us back 'to some deeper, older place.'"—Booklist (starred review)
Read More Arrow Icon
"In his latest, fiction and nature writer Bass pens an entertaining and love-infused gastronomical memoir...Dripping with tasty anecdotes, literary tales, and great food, this joyful book is delightful."—Kirkus
Read More Arrow Icon
"This stirring meditation on time, loss, and change--and gratin--tastefully blends road-trip-meets-grocery trip tales from an author's quest to cook for his literary heroes."—Shelf Awareness
Read More Arrow Icon
PRAISE FOR RICK BASS:

"A literary titan...His world-building is beautiful, crisp, and perfect."
New York Times Book Review
Read More Arrow Icon
"Bass's prose is charged with a lyrical intensity rare in American fiction. The beauty of his sentences recalls the stylistic finesse of Cormac McCarthy and Willa Cather."

Chicago Tribune
Read More Arrow Icon
"Extravagant...Writing of this quality creates a stillness in the mind."—Time
Read More Arrow Icon
"One of the very best writers we have."

San Francisco Chronicle
Read More Arrow Icon
"A master...A singular voice whose early promise continues to be an enduring gift to readers."—Boston Globe
Read More Arrow Icon
"Durable and authentic...A writer who can both frighten and amaze."—Jim Harrison
Read More Arrow Icon
"Both mythic and intimate...A virtuoso."—O, the Oprah Magazine
Read More Arrow Icon
"Bass can lift a common moment into a shared experience that is universal."—Seattle Times
Read More Arrow Icon