New York Times Book Review of ‘The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink,’ Kevin Young, Editor
“Take away this pudding,” Winston Churchill reportedly said. “It has no theme.”
I can understand Churchill’s hilarious pique. It’s how I often feel about poetry and about food writing. Both can be thin and flavorless. Both can be puddings without themes. Combine dining and verse, as has been done in a new anthology called “The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink,” and you have the potential for a perfect storm of muckiness.