"The artichoke is a sexy beast. Thorns to cut you, leaves to peel, lighter and lighter as you strip away the outer layers until you reach the soft heart's core."
From The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
Velvety peaches, juicy blackberries, an image of a wasp so real it looks like it could fly away: the cover of Allegra Goodman's novel looks like a food book. Yet the pages are filled with something more tasty: human nature. Sweet, salty; pure and adulterated. The flavors of life are gathered in a book you won't want to put down: you won't want it to end.
Artichoke photo by Gene Sasse. Used with permission