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The Man Who Ate Everything: And Other Gastronomic Feats, Disputes, and Pleasurable Pursuits by [Jeffrey Steingarten]

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When Jeffrey Steingarten was made food critic of Vogue in 1989, he began by systematically learning to like all the food he had previously avoided. From clams to Greek food to Indian desserts with the consistency of face cream, Steingarten undertook an extraordinary program of self-inflicted behavior modification to prepare himself for his new career. He describes the experience in this collection's first piece, before setting out on a series of culinary adventures that take him around the world.

It's clear that Vogue gave Steingarten carte blanche to write on whatever subjects tickled his taste buds, and the result is a frequently hilarious collection of essays that emphasize good eating over an obsession with health. "Salad, the Silent Killer" is a catalog of the toxins lurking in every bowl of raw vegetables, while "Fries" follows a heroic attempt to create the perfect French fry--cooked in horse fat. Whether baking sourdough bread in his Manhattan loft or spraying miso soup across a Kyoto restaurant, Steingarten is an ideal guide to the wilder reaches of gastronomy, a cross between M.F.K. Fisher and H.L. Mencken.

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... obsessional, witty and authoritative... His brisk and self-mockingly pedantic disquisitions on the edible are unrivaled in the completeness of their basic research.... The best thing about Mr. Steingarten is how hard he works to get to the bottom of things. -- Wall Street Journal, Raymond Sokolov

It was to indulge his obsession that in 1989 Steingarten gave up a career as a lawyer and became the food critic at Vogue. The Man Who Ate Everything is a wonderful book, comprising a selection of his brilliant essays from the magazine and elsewhere. -- The New York Times Book Review, Alexander Chancellor

There's little on the subject of food about which he doesn't have strong views, and much of what he was thinking in the last half-dozen years appears in The Man Who Ate Everything.... Steingarten's storytelling, full of exaggeration, is really a culinary psychoanalysis. He goes off on any old tear but, like a good analyst, manages to come back to a point now and again.... Someone has to obsess over these things, and it might as well be someone as intelligent and entertaining as Steingarten. -- The Boston Globe, Sheryl Julian

What a relief that his own dietary resolve is so flimsy--its frequent rueful collapse prompting month-long obsessions with choucroute, barbecue, and Milky Way Swirl Cake; intense periods of detective work into various condiments (with his wife a kind of wry Watson); and delightful exposés like "Salad the Silent Killer." Whatever he's scrutinizing--and no sardine is safe--this is a superb, omnivorous collection from an obvious man of taste. -- Entertainment Weekly

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing book on Gastronomy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep curiosity about food, much experimentation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A la découverte de la gastronomie
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