Last Chance to Eat: The Fate of Taste in a Fast Food World

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Cooking - 384 pages
Food has never been more exalted as part of a lifestyle, yet fewer and fewer people really know what good food is. Drawing on enough culinary experiences to fill several lifetimes, Gina Mallet's irreverent memoir combines recollections of meals and their milieus with recipes and tasting tips. In loving detail, "Last Chance to Eat" muses on the fates of foods that were once the stuff of feasts: light, fluffy eggs; rich cheeses; fresh meat; garden vegetables; and fish just hauled ashore. Mallet's gastronomic adventures appeal to any palate: from finding the perfect grilled cheese ("as delicate tasting as any Escoffier recipe") to combing the bustling food department at postwar Harrod's for the makings of "an Elizabeth David meal." The search for taste often takes her far from the beaten path to an underground "chevaline" restaurant serving horsemeat steaks and to purveyors of contraband Epoisses, for instance but the journey is always a delight.

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

I loved this book. This book is sort of a combination of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivores Dilemma in that it looks at what our food consumptions and production used to be and now is, but it also ... Read full review

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User Review  - chyde - LibraryThing

While I agree with the author about the food police, her oh-no-i-ate-well-as-a-rich-girl-but-things-just-aren't-the-same-today schtick gets old about 25 pages in. Add in her inconsistency and general annoyingness and what could have been a great book becomes a fairly tepid one. Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Gina Mallet, a writer living in Toronto, was a theater critic for the Toronto Star and now writes about food for the National Post.

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