Posted on April 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s the best of times and the worst of times for some authors, in terms of the topics and themes of their recent releases.

Take Sam Sifton, the former food editor for the New York Times, for example.

His new book, See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends, at least came out in mid-February, before many of us saw our shopping and socializing lives disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

But the interview he did with Dave Davies on Fresh Air today likely took a much different turn than it would have in normal times.

Still, Sifton says, the emotional value of dining together — even if we can’t quite do it like we used to — has never been more keenly felt, and no doubt your social media feeds have been inundated with photographic evidence of the comfort people take in cooking.

Chelsea Bieker's debut novel, Godshot, is a little bit more applicable, being set in a time of crisis (though it’s a devastating drought and not a devastating disease).

In the writer’s opinion, a time of isolation and anxiety is exactly the time to turn to fiction with those same themes — it can help us figure out how to face adversity.

Read or listen to Sifton’s interview and Bieker's interview on NPR’s website.

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