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The Book of Worst Meals: 25 Authors Write about Terrible Culinary Experiences

The Book of Worst Meals contains essays by 25 writers on their worst culinary experiences, tales of wretched dining in Paris, Edinburgh, Philadelphia, and throughout the UK, as well as disastrous holiday meals and the food of failed relationships.

Editors: Walter Cummins & Thomas E. Kennedy
Paperback, 2010, 182 pages
ISBN-10: 0982692129
ISBN-13: 978-0982692127

About the Editors

Walter Cummins has published five other short story collections-WitnessWhere We LiveLocal MusicThe End of the CircleThe Lost Ones, and Habitat: stories of bent realism. More than 100 of his stories, as well as memoirs, essays, and reviews, have appeared in magazines such as Kansas QuarterlyVirginia Quarterly ReviewUnder the SunConfrontationBellevue Literary ReviewConnecticut ReviewThe Laurel ReviewOther VoicesGeorgetown ReviewContrarySonora ReviewAbiko QuarterlyWeber StudiesMidwest QuarterlyWest BranchSouth Carolina ReviewCrosscurrentsCrescent ReviewThe MacGuffin, in book collections, and on the Web. With Thomas E. Kennedy, he is cofounder of Serving House Books, an outlet for novels, story collections, poetry, and essays. For more than twenty years, he was editor of The Literary Review. He taught in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Thomas E. Kennedy’ (1944-2021) was the author of over 30 books, including the most recent My Life With Women, or The Consolation of Jazz, Vol. 1 (2020) as well as Kerrigan in Copenhagen (2013), In the Company of Angels (2010) and Falling Sideways (Bloomsbury 2011)—and a novel-in-essays Last Night My Bed a Boat of Whiskey Going Down (New American Press (2010). His stories, essays, and translations appeared regularly in American periodicals and won Pushcart, O. Henry, and National Magazine awards. He lived in Copenhagen and taught in the low-residency MFA Program of Fairleigh Dickinson University until his death in 2021. Kennedy was the cofounder of Serving House Books.

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