Most readers would consider this a book of short stories. But the title sports a subhead that reads, вЂњA Novel in Sixteen Parts.вЂќ So, for the sake of the bookвЂ™s integrity, weвЂ™ll call it a novel. (ItвЂ™s a book of short stories, though.)
The 16 stories gathered together here in EDIBLE STORIES are organized around some form of food and/or eating theme, but itвЂ™s never heavy-handed or in-your-face. Kurlansky uses food as a way into the story, not as the thing he wants to explore. Food creates a kind of bond around which the characters interact; itвЂ™s natural and normal вЂ“ until itвЂ™s crazy.