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As the title of her longtime New York magazine column (which ran from 1968 to 2000) suggests, Greene was indeed an "Insatiable Critic" and not just where food was concerned. Her fun memoir spices up the standard chronicle of food supped and wine sipped with breathless descriptions of sexual trysts, travel tales and signature fashions. Greene's sensual appetite was voracious and her affairs as abundant and indulgent as her meals; her more famous lovers included Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. With chapter titles like "Splendor in the Foie Gras" and "Bonfire of the Foodies," the book brims with vivid and gluttonously gossipy prose, though it's occasionally repetitive, especially regarding the recent growth of "foodie" culture. At heart a singular story of Greene's gustatory and personal development, the book is also a history of culinary culture since the 1960s. She mentions world events that were occurring as she pursued her sybaritic lifestyle; describes her idols, contemporaries and famous chefs; and depicts spectacular meals throughout France, New York and beyond. This delicious read tells the story of America's haute cuisine awakening as written by the woman who had a seat at the table. (May)
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In this freewheelingly sensuous autobiography, restaurant critic and novelist Greene casts the path of her life as an education of her appetites. Born into an unexceptional postwar midwestern home, Greene knew little about taste. Her hunger for good food led her from a successful career as a magazine writer to a coveted position as one of Manhattan's most respected restaurant critics. Simultaneous development into womanhood followed a no-less-stellar trajectory. Her male conquests, begun in earnest when she gained access in Detroit to a visiting Elvis Presley's hotel suite, continue through a host of celebrities and a remarkable doomed marriage. Her culinary appetite takes her to France and a vision of perfection at Fernand Point's temple of French gastronomy. Greene had the great good fortune to become a food critic just as American culture was awakening to a newfound infatuation with all tastes French, Italian, and Chinese, just as the same culture liberated women to revel in other appetites their bodies might hunger after. Greene joyfully and unabashedly celebrates both food and sex, having her own way with both. Recipes (for food) included. Mark Knoblauch
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I liked it. As a child of the 70s (born in 1972), I was poised between women's liberation/feminism and a traditional approach to womanhood that included taking the man's name and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leta Hamilton
I grew up a foodie, watching Julia Child and Graham Kerr, James Beard and Paul Prudhomme. We were lucky; other kids had Velveeta and fish sticks while we got escargots and brie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kate Blake
The part about her food reviews were OK. I cant believe we let his tramp make choices for the world about restaurants
and who should make it in the food world. Read more
I'm really surprised by the lukewarm reviews here. I've worked in the food business for over a decade, read many food books and memoirs, and this is one of my favorites. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Adrie Lester
Well written but I had hoped for more cooking and less love life. She did lead an interesting life and isn't afraid to talk about it in detail.Published 19 months ago by JFS
just received my book order from amazon international books. condition of INSATIABLE is listed as "NEW", when in fact it is quite shopworn. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Royce L. Smtih
Greene's memoir is a true page turner: filled with uncensored tales of sex, tantalizing descriptions of food and a permeating honesty and realness that I found refreshing and... Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by xxlaaurenn
Gael Greene, in her book Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excesses, she tells stories of steamy erotic soire's accompanied by intimate portraits of such culinary icons... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Brian