Essay-Review of Cooking with the Muse in Pirene’s Fountain literary journal
by Linda Kim
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“As a cookbook for poets and a poetry book for cooks, Cooking with the Muse is both a culinary and a literary triumph. Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla make their collaborative efforts accessible and enjoyable for everyone…By inspiring generations of poets, food has created a timeless dialogue of veneration in which the poets of one age go on to impact the next… Kornfeld crafts delicious seasonal recipes…[and] promotes health stem[ming] from her deep devotion to chasing the freshest and most local of ingredients… Both wholly original and a remix of the old, Massimilla’s poetry pays homage to archaic styles and invocations; what had inspired the great, the ancient, the aged now inspires him… His diction and syntax, prosody and rhythm, reveal a deep appreciation for the progression of poetry. …Something is lost with industrialized agriculture. Kornfeld and Massimilla aim to bring us back to our roots.”