By Jason Epstein
Jason Epstein, the mythical editor and writer of Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Gore Vidal, and E. L. Doctorow, between many different extraordinary writers, and the editor of such nice cooks and bakers as Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, and Maida Heatter, takes us on a culinary journey via his eventful lifestyles, starting along with his adolescence summers in Maine, the place his selection to enhance upon his grandmother’s chook pot pie resulted in a life-time on the stove.
From the good eating places of postwar Paris to the slender streets of recent York’s Chinatown this present day; from a brand new Year’s dinner aboard the outdated Ile de France with Buster Keaton to a night at New York’s glamorous “21” eating place with the scary Roy Cohn; from chinese language omelettes with the good Jane Jacobs on the fringe of the Arctic Ocean to a lobster dinner with the Mailers on Cape Cod, in addition to a caution to envision the chair sooner than you sit to dinner with W. H. Auden, this scrumptious ebook celebrates a life of excitement in cooking and consuming well.
The writer has the same opinion with the Greek thinker Heraclitus for you to by no means step within the related river two times, that each act is exclusive and so is each dish. In Jason Epstein’s fingers, instead of being provided within the ordinary inflexible formulation, recipes spread as tales that he may inform a chum in stove-side conversation. And as Epstein demonstrates his own touches in placing a dish jointly, he evokes his readers to be creative.
A wealthy and provocative booklet, Eating will whet the appetites of all who love stable nutrients and pleasant corporation.
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