A life-changing journey intertwining high romance, gastronomy, and an unsurpassable joie de vivre for readers of Julie and Julia and My Paris Kitchen.
Susan's life would never be the same after she meets Peter Buckley. A man who was larger than life, Peter pulls Susan out of her comfort zone to taste the fine life, literally. Together they embark on a rollicking adventure through Michelin-starred restaurants in France to the souks of Morocco and the waters of the Red Sea and the Caribbean. They explore the world, and along the way discover the most desired tables (sometimes in a tent) and the best markets, moving from Peter's adventures with Hemingway to sampling delectable treasures in an Alpine meadow.
When they return to New York, Susan and Petera writer, photographer, gourmand, as well as an inventive chefincorporate their adventures into their daily American life. As they explore three-star restaurants, French farms, and Italian cheesemakers, the reader gets a taste of famous gastronomic dishes and their chefs, in addition to learning about mouth-watering recipes, culinary moments around the Buckley's kitchen and table with family and friends, and many of their New York food secrets.
If much has been written about La Haute Cuisine in the past, nothing compares to the fresh, personal, and tantalizing tone Eating with Peter offers. All twenty-eight recipes in the book have thoroughly been tested, and should invite the reader to recreate the joys of Susan and Peter's experience.
Susan Buckley is a New York based writer, editor, and consultant. The co-author of five YA books on American history with Elspeth Leacock, she and Leacock co-authored Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom with Lynda Blackmon Lowery. Eating with Peter is her first adult book.
"Read this delicious memoir with pen in hand. You'll want to dine everywhere the Buckley's have. Eating with Peter (to paraphrase Peter's pal) is a moveable feast."—Patricia Volk, author of Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family
"Eating with Peter is a charming and delightful tour through a lifetime of great meals, glamorous and humble, shared with a man who was larger than life. Susan Buckley vividly describes a world now gone, but shows how it can be conjured with two simple ingredients: an ingenious recipe for a delicious dish (and she includes many) and a sense of adventure. From a tent in Morocco, to a three-star restaurant in Lyon, to New York's Union Square Greenmarket, Buckley brings the reader on a journey filled with good spirits of every kind."—Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living
"Eating with Peter is a charming account of the author's wide-eyed gastronomic odyssey as her husband turns her from a young woman who had never heard of an endive into a passionate food lover. Susan Buckley's entertaining stories of their travels are served with delicious recipes for dishes tasted along the way."—Moira Hodgson, author of It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food
"When Susan Washburn married Peter Buckley, an acclaimed author, a friend of Ernest Hemingway, and a bon vivant of strong opinions and outsized appetites, she embarked on a twenty-five-year adventure in eating that took her from Marrakech to Paris and many points in between. Although it all happened within living memory, her adventure is of food world that now seems historical—when balsamic vinegar was unheard of outside Italy and pâté-starved travelers to France stuffed their luggage with 450 pounds of French market goodies (and incurred only a $50 surcharge at the airport). Susan's book is loving, vivid, and extremely funny, not to mention mouth-watering, and it is also poignant."—Stephen Schmidt, author of Master Recipes and co-creator of the Manuscript Cookbooks Survey
"I think I'm in love with this book. Susan Buckley is an utterly charming writer, but she's also a woman who sewed pockets for spoons into her husband's bathing suits, so that if he came across sea urchins while snorkeling, he’d be equipped to scoop the roe and share it on the spot. Full of wit, full of surprises, here is a feast of a kind that won't come again, and it’s a joy."—Beth Gutcheon, author of Death at Breakfast
"Buckley takes readers on a lively culinary adventure in this loving memoir. . . . Breezy, colorful writing will endear readers, as will the many recipes she includes."—Publishers Weekly