For so many of us, food is in some way tied to our most important memories. It's there to accompany all the celebrations, and comfort us through harder times. It can be shared as a gift between loved ones, or as the ultimate healing remedy. In short: Food is one of the most important ways we navigate the world and relate to one another.
The new collection, Eat, Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers, is filled with stories on how food impacts our lives, and the accompanying recipes that have made the biggest. In this excerpt from the book—an essay by novelist Lev Grossman—we learn about the comforting takeout classic that helped Lev through his divorce, and how he recreated it at home to help comfort himself.