A new essay collection by the Phillip K. Dick of chips
Eaten Back to Life is a series of essays, observations, and overly intellectualized meanderings about eating, drinking, indulging, and the culture and philosophy of food. With his trademark skeptical, stink-eyed observations, Jonah Campbell considers the many pleasures of modern life—including urchins, fudge, potato chips, calvados, Nigella Lawson, and depictions of corpulence in old French movies. In the tradition of writers like MFK Fisher and David Foster Wallace, Campbell casts his shrewd, wary gaze on life’s taken-for-granteds to reveal the meaning buried beneath the prosaic business of eating and drinking.
Jonah Campbell lives in Montreal, QC. He divides his time between research with the Social Studies of Medicine unit at McGill University, and managing the wine programs of Bar Alexandraplatz and Bar Barbara. Previous work includes Food & Trembling, and contributions to The National Post, VICE, Harper’s, and CULT Mtl.
“If food writing today is becoming increasingly blog-like, then Campbell is leaving his self-focused compatriots in the dust.” – The Coast on Food and Trembling