Karen Babine: All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer

When her mother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Karen Babine--a cook, collector of thrifted vintage cast iron, and fiercely devoted daughter, sister, and aunt--couldn’t help but wonder: feed a fever, starve a cold, but what do we do for cancer? And so she commited herself to preparing her mother anything she would eat, a vegetarian diving headfirst into the unfamiliar world of bone broth and pot roast.

In her essay collection All the Wild Hungers, Babine ponders the intimate connections between food, family, and illness. What is the power of language, of naming, in a medical culture where patients are too often made invisible? How do we seek meaning where none is to be found--and can we create it from scratch? And how, Babine asks as she bakes cookies with her small niece and nephew, does a family create its own food culture across generations?Generous and bittersweet, All the Wild Hungers is an affecting chronicle of one family's experience of illness and of a writer's culinary attempt to make sense of the inexplicable.

Event date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
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ISBN: 9781571313720
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 8th, 2019