In Loves You, Sarah Gambito explores the recipe as poetic form and a mode of resistance. Through the inclusion of real recipes that she and her family cook from, she brings readers to the table, not only to enjoy the bounty of her poems but, slyly, to consider the ways in which Filipino Americans, and people of color in general, are assailed and fetishized. In addition, the book explores the manifold ways that poetry can nourish and provide for us. Gambito’s poems have always been full zest and bite. Now she literally invites us to dig in with this long-awaited new book: Kain Na Tayo! (Let’s eat!).
“There’s a jittery, wisecracking wisdom to these meditations on the immigrant’s haunted inheritance, powered by equal parts shame, nostalgia, and a barely-camouflaged anger. These are poems that seduce and throw punches, sometimes both at once.”
—Ligaya Mishan, “Hungry City” columnist for The New York Times
“This hugely anticipated collection is simply Gambito’s finest work yet―a remarkable folksong and jubilee of the heart―and stomach. The connections of food, love, and landscape bubble and froth together here in a stunning and dazzlingly original compilation. I’m mesmerized and made hungry by the sheer romp-racket ?of these provocative pages dotted with delicious recipe-poems that will certainly convince you to ask for seconds or even thirds.”
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Matadora and Delivered. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Field, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, Quarterly West, and other journals. She is co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization that promotes Asian American poetry, and is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. She lives in New York City.
Paperback / $15.95 (Can $21.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-495-9 / 96 pages / Poetry