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Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater Paperback – December 26, 2006
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This book was just re-issued in conjunction with Trillin's remembrance of Alice called "About Alice." She died in 2001. Read "Alice, Let's Eat" first. Get to know her. Then read "About Alice."
Trillin is a great writer. The first book will make you laugh. "About Alice" will bring you a sad smile. What a remarkable woman. Such a loss. Yet, a life well lived.
My favorite line in "Alice, Let's Eat" is when Trillin is in Owensboro, Kentucky looking for the best barbecued mutton. The waitress tells him that "we have people in here from all over...we had a Puerto Rican in here once."
Read both books. You'll be glad that you did.
But as Bourdain's star has ascended in the 21st century, there was a voice in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's that was so urbane, so witty, and so sophisticated that he must have paved some of the road that Bourdain and his contemporaries rode in on.
Much of Calvin Trillin's charm comes from the fact that he puts his wife, Alice front and center in his writing. The joy of food and the joy in his marriage are intertwined. this makes him a very fortunate man. Further, as my father taught me, any man who can truly laugh at himself owns a special piece of the World. Trillin laughs at his love of food, at his marriage, and on his journey of ascendant meals.
A sample of Trillin's cleverness comes when talking of a salumeria he finds in Nova Scotia. "The sandwich was supposedly "take-out", but I never made it out of the store with one intact." I can only read that sentence with laughter, and a sense of envy for someone who could author that level of humor and sophistication.
Through all his writing is a love of food. A love of the discovery and adventure of regional specialties, and a special, moving love of his wife.
There are times one thinks about the best job in the world. Reading Mr. Trillin fulfills the notion that someone has found it. He is a National Treasure who happily shares his gift with anyone lucky enough to invest the time to savor it.
Calvin Trillin, author of Alice, Let's Eat, was a writer clearly convinced of the wisdom of Liebling's dictum. Alice, Let's Eat, subtitled Further Adventures of A Happy Eater, recounts Trillins love of food, and the lengths, generally humorous, that he would go to, to obtain great food.
Trillin falls into a line of American humorists that runs from Twain,Rogers,and Liebling himself, through to such more recent writers as Barry and Sedaris. To Calvin Trillin, food is something to be enjoyed. Food is a unifying principle to organize one's life around, This is a man who developed a system of getting deliveries of his favourite foods to New York, from friends traveling to places as far afield as Kansas City, New Orleans and other places in between.
These habits are ones he indulgences in, frequently to the display of his wife Alice. Vacations meant to be spent studying historic architecture become trips spent visiting obscure restaurants. Not to mention the Christmas and birthday present of the romantic kitchen utensil variety.
Along the way, details of wondrous, and not so wondrous meals are accompanied by descriptions of wondrous characters such as Fats Goldberg, the perpetually slim pizza baron and developer of bad business ideas. Or Jeffrey Jowell, professor of law, gentleman farmer and supposed connoisseur of chicken eggs. Trillin has a diverse food palate, and a sense of humour to match.
While there is definitely a timeless quality to Trillin's writing, there is also a certain sense of datedness to it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trillin is an excellent writer, but not in this book. It is boring at best and as soggy as a dishcloth. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Frits Goossens
Read Calvin Trillin since his days at the Nation. He is very, very, very, very, funny. Read this book now.Published on January 29, 2014 by Thomas Wisk
Warning: Do not read this book on an empty stomach.
Calvin Trillin invites you into his world of gastronomy and reminds you how much in love, he is with his wife,... Read more
In this book, his quirkyness really comes to the fore. I cannot get enough of him!Published on July 22, 2008 by S. Belson
I was really excited to read this book from all the great reviews I had read but did not enjoy it. I guess what I didn't like was his writing style which I found a bit stuffy and... Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by Picodog