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Bite by Bite

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Poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil delves into the world of food in this collection of short essays that explore the intersection of food and nature; evoking memories through the tastes and smells of food.


This collection of short essays by Aimee Nezhukumatathil explores food, drink and food traditions in an effort to evoke associations and remembrances that impact human experiences and identities. Readers interested in the intersection of food and nature will find a unique collection supported by Fumi Nakamura’s illustrations. 

Publisher’s summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of World of Wonders, a lyrical book of short essays about food, offering a banquet of tastes, smells, memories, associations, and marvelous curiosities from nature

In Bite by Bite, poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil explores the way food and drink evoke our associations and remembrances—a subtext or layering, a flavor tinged with joy, shame, exuberance, grief, desire, or nostalgia.

Nezhukmatathil restores our astonishment and wonder about food through her encounters with a range of foods and food traditions. From shave ice to lumpia, mangoes to pecans, rambutan to vanilla, she investigates how food marks our experiences and identities and explores the boundaries between heritage and memory.

Bite by Bite offers a rich and textured kaleidoscope of vignettes and visions into the world of food and nature, drawn together by intimate and humorous personal reflections, with Fumi Nakamura’s gorgeous imagery and illustration.


Nezhukumatathil, A., 2024. Bite by Bite: Nourishments and Jamborees. Ecco.

Read more here. See also our podcast series Should food systems be more natural?

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