Throwback Thursday: A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.


Last time I shared:

Goodnight Malaysian 370

This Week’s Pick:

A Really Big Lunch

by Jim Harrison


My thoughts:

Until I picked up this book in 2017, I hadn’t read anything by Jim Harrison. A Really Big Lunch is different from any book I’ve read. Even though Harrison writes well and I found myself turning the pages rather than taking a break, the menu was most unusual and even seemed disgusting at times. I’m not into eating snake, but I still enjoyed reading about his food adventures. This book is unique and definitely opened up my mind to new perspectives. 

Harrison’s belief is simple: Quality of life is more important than quantity, and food is one of the ultimate pleasures. Life’s too short, so start eating now…and don’t forget the wine!

From Goodreads:  New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison was one of this country’s most beloved writers, a muscular, brilliantly economic stylist with a salty wisdom. He also wrote some of the best essays on food around, earning praise as “the poet laureate of appetite” (Dallas Morning News). A Really Big Lunch, to be published on the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death, collects many of his food pieces for the first time—and taps into his larger-than-life appetite with wit and verve.

Jim Harrison’s legendary gourmandise is on full display in A Really Big Lunch. From the titular New Yorker piece about a French lunch that went to thirty-seven courses, to pieces from Brick, Playboy, Kermit Lynch Newsletter, and more on the relationship between hunter and prey, or the obscure language of wine reviews, A Really Big Lunch is shot through with Harrison’s pointed aperçus and keen delight in the pleasures of the senses. And between the lines the pieces give glimpses of Harrison’s life over the last three decades. A Really Big Lunch is a literary delight that will satisfy every appetite.

About the author

17055.jpgJim Harrison (December 11, 1937 – March 26, 2016) was born in Grayling, Michigan, to Winfield Sprague Harrison, a county agricultural agent, and Norma Olivia (Wahlgren) Harrison, both avid readers. He married Linda King in 1959 with whom he has two daughters.

His awards include National Academy of Arts grants (1967, 68, 69), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1969-70), the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountain & Plains Booksellers Association, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007).

Much of Harrison’s writing depicts sparsely populated regions of North America with many stories set in places such as Nebraska’s Sand Hills, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Montana’s mountains, and along the Arizona-Mexico border.

Other books by Jim Harrison:

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Check out these blogs for other Throwback Thursdays!

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Nickimags at The Secret Library Book Blog

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Annie at The Misstery

Cathy at Between the Lines

Amy at Novel Gossip

Diana at A Haven for Booklovers

Laurie at Cozy Nook Books

Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine

Laura at Snazzy Books

Nina at The Cozy Pages

Virginia at Rose Point Publishing

Stephanie at Stephanies Novel Fiction

Lorilyn at Bug Bug Books

Thanks for checking out today’s Throwback Thursday. Do you have any throwbacks to share? Please feel free to comment below with thoughts or suggestions. 🙂

❤ Mischenko

18 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison

    1. Yeah! He loved his food and drink. I’ve always been inspired by this mentality; however, I think I’d die really young if I ate whatever I wanted. Bummer! Some people didn’t like him (they think he’s too cocky), but I like his writing a lot. Thanks, Nina. 😊

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    1. Have you heard of Legends of the Fall? It’s one of my husband’s favorite movies. Jim Harrison wrote the book, which I’ve never read, but I plan to. I think you’d like this book. The only negatives I found were some of the references to women, but I was willing to overlook it.

      I listened to your whole podcast last night and just haven’t commented yet. It’s been a tiring week lol. I loved it though and will leave my comment today. 😊 Thanks

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      1. I’ve heard of the book and, of course, saw the film with Aiden Quinn and Brad Pitt many years ago. Wonderful film. And thank you for listening to the Podcast interview as well. Take your time about commenting. I understand you’ve got a lot going on. I’m just very happy and honored that you took the time to listen. Thank you, my friend, and I hope you have a good day.

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  1. starjustin

    This author sounds so interesting with quite the array of interests. I think his books sound so full of life. Thanks for the slideshow of his books. Amazing he lived in Michigan. 📖


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