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How Michelle Huneven wove recipes into a novel about religion

How Michelle Huneven wove recipes into a novel about religion

While reviewers have pointed out that the book provides a foundation for theological and philosophical reflection, what draws foodies to “Search” is the same prose that garnered Huneven’s credit during her time at The LA Times. The New York Times points out that the writing she uses to describe meals and church meals is “the most vivid prose in the book,” exemplifying the author’s description of fried dumplings. Huneven even builds food into the story to introduce food into the picture. So the narrator takes fellow committee members out to review lunches, where she can talk candidly with them about their thoughts on the review process.

Critics note that bits and pieces of Huneven’s life are scattered throughout the book. But perhaps it speaks most strongly to the book’s DNA as the product of a James Beard award-winning food writer when Booklist, per the author’s websitealerts foodies to the food descriptions, detailed restaurant visits, and “signature recipes” of fictional members of the church group that are woven into the story and appear at the end.