How Margaret Eby became a food writer

And other topics on home, culture and publishing

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Margaret Eby is a journalist and critic who writes about books, movies, music, television, and various cultural ephemera, currently for a Time Inc. food site called ExtraCrispy. She’s published two books, one of which explores the heady topic of what it means to ‘figure out’ the place you grew up and the sense of place through the lens of famous writers from the South. It’s a great book that everyone should read, but as we do on a literary podcast about writers, we’re not going to talk about that here.

We’re going to discuss breakfast.

I think the key here is that you always remember these intimate moments that occur over food, whether you’re aware of it or not.

I’ve always glossed over the importance of the first meal of the day. I don’t mean the nutritional value, which is something I should begin thinking about as well, but the spirit of sitting down at a table alone and contemplating the day ahead.

Do you read the paper? Is there a love interest with you? How much salt is consumed every am?

Everything from the decision to shower and brush your teeth before or after breakfast effects the way you think of the whole day. More than a few shitty ones probably began with a fight with a girlfriend or a roommate who drank all the milk. More than a few great ones probably started with some crunchy toast and black coffee.

So expand your breakfast mind and give Margaret’s episode a listen. Why don’t we call cereal soup, for example?


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