David Remnick: Secret Ingredients The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink



On food and drink the articles on food far outnumbering those on drink The writers include several leading lights of food writing all the way from AJ Liebling to Anthony Bourdain to writers one normally doesn t associate with writing about food Dorothy Parker Roald Dahl Steve Martin Ogden Nash What this means of course is a v There is no down side to this book It s the perfect night table reading specially if you love food You can dip in and out but Man, Son of Man everyssay is wonderful Fantastic writing about discovering the pleasures of the palettewhat could be better I read the New Yorker Alter Ego every week but I look forward to their annual Food Issue with great anticipation This collection will make you drool I have little hope of finishing this one during the brief time allotted to me by our local public library I actually can tven finish an issue of The New Yorker in the time allotted let alone this fatty fat food book This one was a very njoyable compendium of food and drink articles from the New Yorker Magazine I particularly njoyed some of the looks back at restaurant life in the 40s and 50s and some of the modern reviews of food and drink If you Uncommon Wisdom enjoy this kind of stuff I definitely recommend it If you haven t read the New Yorkervery week for the last 70 years this is a good way to catch up on the food articles The subject is captivating for any foodie but the writing grabs anyone who has Unseen City everaten Many of the articles written in the 30s or 40s seems like they could have been published today. Of The buffalo chicken wing Calvin Trillin The homesick restaurant Susan Orlean The magic bagel Calvin Trillin A rat in my soup Peter Hessler Raw faith Burkhard Bilger Night kitchens Judith Thurman The pour Dry martini Roger Angell The red and the white Calvin Trillin The russian god Victor Erofeyev The ketchup conundrum Malcolm Gladwell Tastes funny But the one on the right Dorothy Parker Curl up and diet Ogden Nash uick hammacher my stomacher Ogden Nash Nesselrode to jeopardy SJ Perelman Eat drink and be merry Peter De Vries Notes from the overfed Woody Allen Two menus Steve Martin The zagat history of my last relationship 4093 Noah Baumbach Your table is ready John Kenney Small plates Bock William Shawn Diat Geoffrey T Hellman 4 am James Stevenson Slave Alex Prud'Homme Under the hood Mark Singer Protein source Mark Singer A sandwich Nora Ephron Sea urchin Chang Rae Lee As the french do Janet MalColm Blocking and chowing Ben McGrath When dibles attack Rebecca Mead Killing dinner Gabrielle Hamilton Fiction Taste Roald Dahl Two roast beefs VS Pritchett The sorrows of gin John Cheever The jaguar sun Italo Calvino There should be a name for it Matthew Klam Sputnik Don DeLillo Enough Alice McDermott The butcher's wife Louise Erdrich Bark Julian Barnes.

This was a bible of good food writing And like the Bible it had some slow and poor parts but when it worked it worked so well and when it didn t it didn t for only a handful of pages Although this took half a year to finish I was really glad I didn t skim through it My copy is worn breaking covered in stains and marks Good I ll be happy to pass it along to the next recipient This book is amazing and so much fun I read it straight through and I wish it were longer so that I could read It makes you realize that food is so ssential to life and often I would not God Is in the Crowd even remember an article was about food being so drawn in to reading about its pivotal role in our lives Highly recommend for anyone who cares about food Or life for that matter I commute ten hours a week so I download a lot of audiobooks the longer the better So when I found this 20 hour compendium I waslated This only goes to show that I am an idiot I m the Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard eual to the guy who watched Star Wars for the first time on a 13 inch black and white television People who write for The New Yorker write prose that begs to be read It is not performance art it is visual I should know that but apparently I took all leave of my senses So I listed to all 20 hours of this wonderful book and I thoroughlynjoyed myself but please don t do as I did MFK Fisher and others deserve to be read Their words are beautiful and they need to be seen So please see this book You ll be glad you did Started out slow picked up pace with The Matriarchs (The Family exciting and interesting arti. Since itsarliest days The New Yorker has been a tastemaker literally As the home of A J Liebling Joseph Wechsberg and MFK Fisher who practically invented American food writing the magazine stablished a tradition that is carried forward today by irrepressible literary gastronomes including Calvin Trillin Bill Buford Adam Gopnik Jane Kramer and Anthony Bourdain Now in this indispensable collection The New Yorker dishes up a feast of delicious writing on food and drink seasoned with a generous dash of cartoons Whether you re in the mood for snacking on humor pieces and cartoons or for savoring classic profiles of great chefs and great aters these offerings from When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) every age of The New Yorker s fabledighty year history are sure to satisfy very taste There are memoirs short stories tell alls and poems ranging in tone from sweet to sour and in subject from soup to nuts MFK Fisher pays homage to cookery witches those mysterious cooks who possess an uncanny power over food while John McPhee valiantly trails an inveterate forager and is rewarded with stewed persimmons and white pine needle tea There is Roald Dahl s famous story Taste in which a wine snob s palate comes in for some unwelcome scrutiny and Julian Barnes s ingenious tale of a lifelong gourman.

Cles then kinda fizzled out at the nd Loved the articles which Crush It! explored interesting and unheard of delicacies Evennjoyed articles about food processes I knew very little about ie cheese nun the art of tofu Also very much Attracting Birds to Your Backyard enjoyed the Julia Childs articlebio but overall found thentire collection together to be lacking I find the New Yorker always has such interesting food related articles that it was kind of a let down when a collection of said related articles did not provide as great reading Perhaps some of teh writing was outdated and could not keep me as Deep Listening enthused to read about soem French bistro in the 1920s no that can t be it cause the Dorothy Parker article was one of my favorites Hard toxplain what I found lacking Recommend subscribing to New Yorker and looking up current issues articles regarding foodrestaurantsboozeand food Perhaps a good bedside table book to open and read an article put away move on to the next great literary treat repeat I d been scouting for Christmas presents and spotting Secret Ingredients The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink figured this might make a good gift for someone I know whose reading largely consists of non fiction and who is both an Bird-by-Bird Gardening excellent cook as well as generally interested in food I bought it therefore and since I share that fondness both for food as well as for non fiction decided to read the book before I wrapped it and bunged it under the tree Edited by the New Yorker sditor David Remnick Secret Ingredients is a collection of writing. D who goes on a very peculiar diet for still peculiar reasons Adam Gopnik asks if French cuisine is done for and Calvin Trillin investigates whether people can actually taste the difference between red wine and white We journey with Susan Orlean as she distills the The Works of Saint Augustine essence of Cuba in the story of a single restaurant and with Judith Thurman as she investigates the arcane practices of Japan s tofu masters Closer to home Joseph Mitchell celebrates the old New York tradition of the beefsteak dinner and Mark Singer shadows the city s foremost fisherman chef Dining out All you can hold for five bucks Joseph Mitchell The finest butter and lots of time Joseph Wechsberg A good appetite AJ Liebling The afterglow AJ Liebling Is there a crisis in French cooking Adam Gopnik Don'tat before reading this Anthony Bourdain A really big lunch Jim Harrison Eating in The secret ingredient MFK Fisher The trouble with tripe MFK Fisher Nor censure nor disdain MFK Fisher Good cooking Calvin Tomkins Look back in hunger Anthony Lane The reporter's kitchen Jane Kramer Fishing and foraging A mess of clams Joseph Mitchell A forager John McPhee The fruit detective John Seabrook Gone fishing Mark Singer On the bay Bill Buford Local delicacies An attempt to compile a short history.

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Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998 He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000 Before joining The New Yorker Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post He has also served on the New York Public Library’s board of trustees In 2010 he published his sixth book