In Michelle Wildgen's evocative, vivid novels, characters walk (and roll) around a facsimile of the Dane County Farmers' Market and grab a croissant from a downtown cafe that will seem very familiar to a Madison reader.
Wildgen, the author of "You're Not You," "But Not For Long" and "Bread and Butter," takes inspiration from the food around her. She's an editor at the literary magazine Tin House and an educator as well, working at the Madison Writers' Studio to help people translate their sensory experiences into compelling prose.
This week on the podcast, Cap Times food writer and Corner Table host Lindsay Christians talks with Michelle about what makes food writing meaningful and memorable, and what food writers you should be reading this summer.
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Laurie Colwin, author of "Home Cooking" and "Happy All the Time"
- Elissa Schappell's essay, "The Green Fairy," appears in "Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast"
- Gabrielle Hamilton's essay, "The Grown-Ups' Table," appeared in the Oct. 25, 2017 New York Times magazine. Her 2011 memoir is "Blood, Bones and Butter."
- Sarah Roahen's book "Gumbo Tales" about post-Katrina New Orleans
- Tin House Summer Reading 2018 (issue 76) is out now
Other Cap Times podcasts include Jessie Opoien's election podcast Wedge Issues, local government podcast Madsplainers, Katelyn Ferral's The Cost of Opportunity from last fall and ongoing Cap Times Talks.