Review: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Title: Dinner with Edward

Author: Isabel Vincent

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: Pushkin Press

The Blurb

A charming, tender and life-affirming memoir of a middle-aged woman’s unlikely bond with a 93-year-old widower.

With its delicious food, warm jazz, and stunning views of Manhattan, Edward’s home was a much-needed refuge for reporter Isabel Vincent. Her recently widowed ninety-something neighbour would prepare weekly meals for her, dinners Isabel would never cook for herself – fresh oysters, juicy steak, sugar-dusted apple galette. But over long, dark evenings where they both grieved for their very different lost marriages, Isabel realised she was being offered a gift greater than crisp martinis and perfect lamb chops.

As they progressed from meals à deux to full dinner parties with an eclectic New York crowd, she saw that Edward was showing her how to rediscover the joy of life. For even a shared bowl of chowder could transform loneliness and anxiety into friendship, freedom, and a pure, simple pleasure Isabel had not known she could find again.

The Review

What an absolutely gorgeous book. Dinner with Edward is a memoir of sorts. It is kind of the memoir of two people rather than one. Isabel Vincent met Edward when she was bequeathed the task of looking after him. Edward had recently lost his wife and didn’t see the point carrying on however, through his unusual friendship with Isabel and their shared love of good food they form an irrepressible bond that was just gorgeous to see unfold. All the while we see how Isabel Vincent’s life is unfolding parallel to Edward’s life winding down.

Dinner with Edward is an absolute joy of a book. It reminds us to value people not things, shared experiences, stories and that the bet things in life can often be shared over a decent meal. It reminds us to be kind and it reminds us to give a moment to pause and a second thought to those who are older and potentially lonely.

I honestly cannot recommend Dinner with Edward enough. The writing style is easy and approachable, you don’t get overwhelmed by the story you simply find yourself immersed in the friendship and wishing you were invited along for the meal.

Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent is available now.

For more information regarding Isabel Vincent (@isareport) please visit her Twitter page.

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