Tabitha Blankenbiller’s debut essay collection, Eats of Eden, is a trip into the memory, into the stomach, and into the heart of every woman. These essays of tasty bites, writing, coming-of-age, family, sex, self-esteem—and above all, overcoming personal odds to live your best life—are complete with mouth-watering recipes and memories that will change your relationship with food forever. It’s a book about writing, eating, and surviving in the modern west, from literary hustling at the Doug Fir Lounge, to waiting for life-altering emails around a stew-cooking campfire at Crater Lake.
Through April 30, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription (or a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed, hardcover copy of Eats of Eden*. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of reading to a friend and keep the signed book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!
“This collection—complete with recipes—comes together like a satisfying and well-balanced meal.”
– Sarah Einstein, award-winning author of Mot
Tabitha Blankenbiller is a Pacific University MFA graduate living outside of Portland, Oregon. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Electric Lit, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, Catapult, and a number of other journals. Her debut essay collection Eats of Eden is available from Alternating Current Press, and she Tweets food and fashion Instas at @tabithablanken.
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