In these piquant new poems, meal-making produces unexpected insights into immigration, racism, and family.
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!).
About the Author
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.
their fragmented roughness and swift change of direction, [these poems]
read like lyrics sung by Sappho and backed by Fats Domino’s band,
cutting 45s in the back of some New Orleans appliance store around the
time that rhythm ’n’ blues turned into rock ’n’ roll.
In this distinctive, highly anticipated third book, Gambito challenges readers to consider what sustains and nurtures them.
...deliciously clever and genuinely delicious.... Loves You simmers with opposing truths. Love and cooking, hunger and care, humiliation and need are inextricably linked, sometimes in terrible ways. And Gambito’s poems sing out in invitation — come, sit with us, let poetry feed you.
The recipes take on the quality of verse while the verse begins to take
on the simultaneous invitation and instruction of recipe, with gorgeous,
rich sensory details infusing both.... The collection explores the sensation of remembering as much as the
memories themselves: the specific domestic nostalgia triggered by the
scent of a meal or the gut punch of a repeated insult.... A compelling book that only adds to Gambito’s stirring oeuvre.
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 stunning book had me in tears. Sarah Gambito captures what so many of us children of immigrants and people of color know: that food can be an immense source of joy as well as of pain and humiliation. By interweaving recipes throughout, Gambito challenges us to look at recipes not just as a how to guide but as a window into our history, a history too often denied.
— Zahir Janmohamed, co-host of Racist Sandwich
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.
— Aimee Nezhukumatathil