I'd never heard of James Villas before I picked this book up at my local library. I made it to the third or fourth chapter then put in a pile to be returned back.
While I enjoy people's opinions on various things, especially food, Villas' opinions were just plain 'froofy'. His words were picked to show just how wonderfully smart he is especially smarter than the average American shmoe. He pretty much hates everything about american food that's not from a speciality store.
I read a bit here and there, but it was when I got to the section about warehouse shopping that I really got turned off. (in other words I can't remember much about what he wrote until he made me angry, guess he's not that memorable).
He talked and talked and talked about how stupid americans were about shelling out money for big bags of ready-made frozen foods like chicken teriyaki, or big bottles of mayo all because it's cheaper than at a regular grocery store. But it doesn't end there, he lowers himself to going into the local supermarket and watched as people waste their hard earned money on brandname items when there were specials on other brands that were cheaper. He thought they were all crazy for doing so since to him all american food in a supermarket is crap. Even in the snooty stores he berates shoppers for getting premade foods. (I guess he cooks everything, or eats out for everything, or he has a personal chef that does it all for him).
I was going to give him 2 stars because he does write well, but I just don't think he deserves it. However, if you want to see how wonderful his vocabulary is on all those big words they use in the fancy world us normal people don't live in you'll enjoy it.