Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

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Random House Publishing Group, May 1, 2004 - Travel - 216 pages
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Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the “continental cuisine” palaces he used to refer to as La Maison de la Casa House. What he treasures is the superb local specialty. And he will go anywhere to find one. As it happens, some of his favorite dishes can be found only in their place of origin. Join Trillin on his charming, funny culinary adventures as he samples fried marlin in Barbados and the barbecue of his boyhood in Kansas City. Travel alongside as he hunts for the authentic fish taco, and participates in a “boudin blitzkrieg” in the part of Louisiana where people are accustomed to buying these spicy sausages and polishing them off in the parking lot. (“Cajun boudin not only doesn't get outside the state, it usually doesn't even get home.”) In New York, Trillin even tries to use a glorious local specialty, the bagel, to lure his daughters back from California. Feeding a Yen is a delightful reminder of why New York magazine called Calvin Trillin “our funniest food writer.”
  

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Review: Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Calvin Trillin is a treat to read, witty, engaging and warm, but this is not food writing, per se. More of a diary of his cravings and restaurant visits. Still, very entertaining and worth a read. Read full review

Review: Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

I really enjoyed a few essays; others were a slog. I'd like to read more of his work, though. Read full review

Contents

MAGIC BAGEL
3
PEPPER CHASE
17
THE FRYING GAME
31
MAGIC SANDWICH
45
DESPERATELY SEEKING CEVICHE
55
NEW GRUB STREETS
69
MISSING LINKS
89
CHINATOWN CHINATOWN
107
THE RED AND THE WHITE
116
POSOLE DREAMS
129
DONT MENTION IT
141
A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF THE FISH TACO
163
BARBECUE AND HOME
175
GRANDFATHER KNOWS BEST
188
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CALVIN TRILLIN has been called “perhaps the finest reporter in America,” and “a classic American humorist.”

A onetime writer for Time, The New Yorker and a current contributor to The Nation, he is the author of several collections of essays and three comic novels, including the national bestseller Tepper Isn't Going Out. He has also written three previous books on eating, American Fried, Alice, Let's Eat and Third Helpings, and the acclaimed memoirs, Messages from My Father, a New York Times best seller, and Family Man. His next book will be "Obliviously On He Sails," a collection of satirical verse about the George W, Bush presidency.

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