In this post we review the memoir, The Colour of Food by Anne Else which was published by Awa Press first as an e-book in 2013 and in print in 2014. It is a delightful read.

The Colour of Food by Anne Else

The Blogging community of mums we all belong to will be well aware of the writings of writer and freelance editor Anne Else. She has been writing Else Woman for a number of years. Her writing is concerned primarily with feminist social commentary, analysis, and the history of how writing by New Zealand women has been received.

Else’s articles, reviews and commentary have appeared in magazines and journals locally and overseas. She was a co-founder of New Zealand’s feminist magazine, Broadsheet, which ran from 1972-1992, and she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in 2004.

The Colour of Food by Anne Else

Time is short and time to read for pleasure is even shorter. I have created a little test when selecting books to read for pleasure. I read the first page and assess whether I am hooked. Can I walk away? If I can I tend not to go any further. I don’t read as much as I used too, but in this way I am assured of always loving what I read.

With the Colour of Food I received a copy for review, I hadn’t been able to do my first page test. Instead I dipped into a random page in chapter two. Fortunately, I was instantly hooked. I loved Anne’s way of talking about food and how integral her experiences of food were to her whole perception of herself as a child, an adolescent, wife, mother, and lover. Throughout, she is engaging and delightful to read. I feel like I am hearing about the life of an old friend.

A lovely, lovely read. You can purchase a copy from Awa Press.

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