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It Must've Been Something I Ate Paperback – October 14, 2003
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I haven't previously found anyone willing to discuss the merits of caviar AND cricket tacos within the same volume.
I'd recommend the purchase of this at the same time as "The Man who ate Everything" - you won't be able to read only one.
I thought that this book was entertaining. I was amused that he shared my dislike of Tomoe Sushi (he calls it "Super Sushi"), a mediocre sushi place in the village that inexplicably gets a food rating in the high 20's from Zagat. I also hold him directly responsible for the pound of Mont D'Or sitting in my fridge right now.
Unfortunately, these essays are just not of the same caliber as the first book. Somewhere along the way, Steingarten picked up a habit of name dropping (I really don't care what chefs he is friends with) that gets in the way of the story telling. And some of the creativity of the first book is missing; there is nothing as nuts as "Salad the Silent Killer" in this set of essays.
If you loved "The Man Who Ate Everything," you will probably like this book. If you didn't, I'd recommend that you read that book first.
I was always puzzled by the fact that a magazine like Vogue, which I have never once picked up to read, and which I perceived as a home largely of advertisements for goods appealing to women who have more money than they know what to do with (sic). I was chastised somewhat when I discovered that Mr. Steingarten's role at Vogue was formerly staffed by none other than Elizabeth David, one of the most interesting and respected culinary writers of the 20th century.
Mr. Steingarten's writing has a `family resemblance' to Ms. David's work, but they are really doing a slightly different kind of dialogue with their readers. Elizabeth David took conventional food writing with recipe plus commentary and elevated it to its highest level. Her closest students were Jane Grigson and Claudia Roden. Like James Beard with American cooking, her knowledge of food, especially European and Mediterranean food was encyclopedic.
Steingarten is doing something different! I would even argue with the blurb on the cover of my Vintage edition that states that he `knows more about food than any man now eating'. That perception may be due to the fact that Steingarten looks into food issues more deeply than almost any other writer I can cite, with the possible exception of Harold McGee.Read more ›
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It was A little long for me, but I still found it interesting. Very in depth look at many areas.Published 9 months ago by Angela
The wit and wisdom of Mr. Steingarten combine delightfully for a highly entertaining read.Published 11 months ago by Yelping Dog
Bought this book after a great recommendation. I made it through a couple of chapters and put the book down and never picked it back up.Published 14 months ago by David A Grady
Jeffrey Steingarten writes brilliantly with a depth of knowledge, passion for all things culinary, fantastic wit and blazing sarcasm. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Snowbound
This Book is a window into cooking for the experienced and the not so much experienced. I love the recipes as well as the wit the book is written with. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anita Turner
Steingarten is just a great storyteller. His compulsions are a joy to read about.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
better than the original. no tears, but ample laughs and an around the world in-depth lessons in the wonderful world of food.Published 21 months ago by happy in prattville
A witty and well-researched combination of memoir, travel-writing, and gourmet adventure. Highly recommended.Published 22 months ago by SVB