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Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN-13: 9780802126467
Price: $$37.50

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A Really Big Lunch

New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison was one of this country's most beloved writers, a muscular, brilliantly economic stylist with a salty wisdom. He also wrote some of the best essays on food around, earning praise as 'the poet laureate of appetite' (Dallas Morning News). A Really Big Lunch, to be published on the one-year anniversary of Harrison's death, collects many of his food pieces for the first time-and taps into his larger-than-life appetite with wit and verve.

Jim Harrison's legendary gourmandise is on full display inA Really Big Lunch. From the titular New Yorker piece about a French lunch that went to thirty-seven courses, to pieces from Brick,Playboy, Kermit Lynch Newsletter, and more on the relationship between hunter and prey, or the obscure language of wine reviews, A Really Big Lunch is shot through with Harrison's pointed apercus and keen delight in the pleasures of the senses. And between the lines the pieces give glimpses of Harrison's life over the last three decades. A Really Big Lunch is a literary delight that will satisfy every appetite.


A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life . . . The author waxes wickedly funny over matters of art, politics, spirituality, sex, and the commingling of all of them. His advice: 'Your meals in life are numbered and the number is diminishing. Get at it.' If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[Harrison's] gusto sparkles throughout this collection . . . Harrison treats all these subjects with his usual earthy wit and delighted curiosity; the result is a tasty nosh for foodies with a literary bent." —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Jim Harrison (1937–2016) was the New York Times-bestselling author of thirty-nine previous books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including Legends of the Fall,Dalva, and Returning to Earth. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, his work was published in twenty-seven languages.

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