Eating Standing Up
Eating Standing Up binds together the Assaf Gavron’s fast-food columns that appeared in the Jerusalem local magazine Kol Ha’ir between 1995-1997. At the background to his shrewed and funny falafel and other fast-food-joint reviews, you feel the presence of suffocating peace process, the Rabin assassination, the terrorist attacks and the urban changes Jerusalem and its surroundings went through in the years of mayor Ehud Olmert.
“Eating Standing Up does not speak about all these things,” writes Gavron in his introduction. “It speaks about eating standing up. The Rabin assassination is not even mentioned in the columns following November 4th 1995. Sometimes we forget we went on living, went on eating falafel. The period bubbles between the lines and words, trickles with the tehina, tell itself around the pizza sauce. Because put together, these texts whisper Jerusalem, the nineties, and something here is starting to collapse.”
Eating Standing Up is the definitive survival guide for the hungry Jerusalemite on the go. twelve years after they were first published, his stories of stomach aches and obscure falafel joints are as fresh and funny as ever.
"The juicy, wonderful descriptions of the food – including the side dishes, the salads and above all, the falafel – compensate for the many references to eateries long gone. The food, as Gavron sketches it, revels in its own colors, and even the worst meals are described with a sensuousness that only magnifies the sense of nausea, trickling not only into our brain cells but also into our nervous system." Haaretz