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The International Circus Cookbook–A Review

Did you ever wonder what most circus artists eat to fuel their bodies? Thanks to Samuel Sion (aka Rose) and Sylvia Friedman of the award-winning Duo Rose trapeze act, you will now have more of a clue. It turns out circus people eat everything, voraciously, but they take their time making works of art out of their food, because more often than not, they are sharing it with friends after a show. Circus as a never-ending dinner party can lead to an amazing variety of recipes, especially when you consider exactly how multi-cultural most circus companies are, and that’s what Sion considered when he was holed up for 6 months after a back surgery, recovering and unable to train. That is when he hit upon the idea of writing a circus cookbook by gathering together all of the favorite meals he and his wife Sylvia have shared with circus friends over the years on the road and at home. And circus people sure can cook. For 144 pages they take you on a culinary adventure around the world with the main stops at soups and salads, entrees and desserts.
Along with the detailed recipe (often written in the words of the recipe originator) and photos of the finished product comes many stories of the various circus artists as well—or of how Sam and Sylvia met and befriended them. Along with a bit of an introduction in to their area of circus expertise, you get to delve in to their world—and a very eclectic mix of recipes ranging from vegan egg salad to stick-to-your-r...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.