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Bittersweet: Lessons from My Mother's Kitchen Hardcover – 5 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408800942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408800942
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,311,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A love story of the first order. [McAllester's] unflinching honesty will make you cry. His culinary adventures will lead you to put on an apron. And his graceful storytelling will transfix you' Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City 'The precision of his descriptions, his frankness, and his defiant irony ... gives us a powerful portrait of a family's courage, tragedy and love' Rory Stewart, author of The Places in Between 'A scrupulously honest dispatch that's every bit as gripping as a report from Abu Ghraib, and every bit as vital' Newsweek 'Bittersweet is a story of love, war, death, madness, alcohol, motherhood, the bond between mother and sons - but ultimately about love. The result is a beautiful book, tragic, haunting but always deeply moving. I cried when I read it, but I wanted to read it until the very last page' Janine di Giovanni, author of Madness Visible

About the Author

Matt McAllester is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a correspondent for Newsday for thirteen years before returning to London. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Pernilla, and son Harry. Winner of a number of awards, including the Osborn Elliott Award for Excellence for his coverage of Nepal in 2006 and several overseas Press Club citations for his international reporting, he is currently a contributing editor at Details.

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