Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess

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Grand Central Publishing, Apr 4, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
Acclaimed restaurant critic Gael Greene dishes up a delectable memoir-complete with her favorite recipes-from a lifelong love affair with food, men, and wine.
In 1968, Gael Greene became the restaurant critic of the fledgling New York magazine. Before taking the job, she'd never written a restaurant review in her life. But she was a passionate foodie, and dining in the world's great restaurants on someone else's dime was too enticing to resist. Thus began a remarkable career charting the restaurants that changed the way Americans ate, the chefs who turned cooking into an art form, and the food and wines that launched a culinary revolution.
Throughout it all, Gael is convinced that food and sex are inextricably linked, and in this exuberant account of her adventures in sensuous excess, she takes readers on a joyride from the world's best tables, to al fresco lunch with Julia Child and naughty dinners with Craig Claiborne and then to bed with the men she couldn't resist-including a porn star and two Hollywood titans.
The recipes she includes reflect the decades, from childhood macaroni-and-cheese to Chocolate Wickedness. Greene's tale of pleasure and heartbreak will make you laugh. It may make you cry. It will certainly make you hungry.
 

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Not the best, but far from the worst, food book I've read in the past year. There's a lot of sex, a lot of delicious-sounding food, and a lot of dish (pun intended) about various characters in the ... Read full review

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Lately I've had an interest in the exploits of journalists. Some of you might remember back in the day when it was a real profession, and not something that anyone with a internet connection and an ... Read full review

Contents

THE SCENT OF A
THE YOYO UNWINDS
ITS NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER KAUFMAN
NOBODY KNOWS THE TRUFFLES IVE SEEN
GETTING TO KNOW CRAIG
LOST IT AT THE BATHS
DROWNING MY SORROWS IN CHILLED BURGUNDY
OF JAMES BEARD AND ENCOUNTERS WITH GODDESSES

INNOCENTS ABROAD
COMFORT ME WITH CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
HOW I BECAME HENRI SOULÉS DARLING 9 WHEN CRAIG CLAIBORNE WAS GOD AND KING
THE INSATIABLE CRITIC
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF SENSUALITY
A NEW YORK RESTAURANT STRATEGY
MA VIE AVEC LE GRAPE
MEN IJUST COULDNT RESIST
THE WOMAN WHO GAVE ME FRANCE ON A PLATE
CAN THIS BE LOVE OR IS IT AN INTOXICATION OF BUTTER?
A GASTROMANIACAL INTERLUDE
HAUTE AFLOAT
UNDER COVERS
TRAIN GAMES
SPLENDOR IN THE FOIE GRAS
SWIMMING IN BORDEAUX
HOW THEY ATE IN POMPEII
BLUE SKIES AND CANDY
LIFE IS A CABERNET
AM I BLUE?
THE PRINCE OF PORN AND THE JUNKFOOD QUEEN
SKIN FLICK
WHAT I LEARNED ON SPRING BREAK
A WINE ROMANCE THIS
ITS NOT EASY BEING GREENE
CUISINES FROM THREE MARRIAGES
BONFIRE OF THE FOODIES
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Gael Greene lives in New York City.

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