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"... the delight of meeting the greatest practitioners of the oldest art in the world, of seeing them at work, appreciating their creations, and sharing in their triumphs. That is what this book does." — New York Times

About the Author

Wechsberg worked as a lawyer, concert violinist, cameraman, malt salesman and newspaper reporter, but he was always an epicure. His stories ran in the New Yorker from 1949 to 1975. He died in Vienna in 1983.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Reprint edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897331346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897331340
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Max W. Hauser on December 15, 1998
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Wechsberg's book is an established classic on a par with those of A. J. Liebling and Waverly Root. Like those other authors, Wechsberg was a journalist who wrote about food, restaurants, and food cultures in the mid-20th century, and his insights and great storytelling give the writing a permanent appeal. This can be seen from the reaction after this essay collection (whose chapters were originally written as magazine articles) appeared in this reprint edition in the mid-1980s. I was at a Christmas party with some accomplished food folks, including Paul Bertolli of the Chez Panisse in Berkeley, and was recounting to someone one of the stories ("Tafelspitz for the Hofrat") from this book. When I finished I found that most of the room was listening, and that many of them, independently, had recently read the book too. That particular essay, by the way, has lately been re-discovered in Vienna, where it was set, and has been proudly adopted by some restaurants there. In this book Wechsberg interviewed, and popularized to US readers, the legendary Fernand Point, chef and owner of the 20th-century's most famous and influential restaurant in France (and for whom the _Guide Michelin_ reportedly debated adding a fourth star to their rating system for premium restaruants). Some of the chapters are interviews, some experiences and some celebrations of food. This book is well known and indispensable to food fanatics and those seeking more of the background and context from which contemporary western culinary culture -- high cuisine as well as comfort food -- emerged.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Boysen on November 6, 2006
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Though Blue Trout and Black Truffles is billed as Culinary journey, and it is at that, it is also something completely unexpected, an introduction to European life in the 1920s through 1940s. The exploration of food and wine is coupled with vibrant characters and unforgettable settings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Madame Hardy on November 13, 2003
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Wechsberg's name ought to be mentioned alongside M.F.K. Fischer's. His writing is evocative, precise, and vivid. Reading this book makes me wish I could board a time machine and eat in the restaurants he described in the 1950s. Like many Viennese, Wechsberg loves the old city, the city that vanished after the wars, and resurrects it in memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gromer on January 25, 2015
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Don't read this book if you're hungry. Very accessible, readable, and detailed first-hand account of what foodies and true chefs were like in the 1950s, i.e. before Zagats, Yelp and Food Channel ruined everything. I mean, this was even before Julia Child. This was the real thing. The type of book that introduces you to ideas and other books that you would also want to buy. Great inspirational volume. Read his other books - they're all good.
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