The Man Who Ate Everything

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - Cooking - 528 pages
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Funny, outrageous, passionate, and unrelenting, Vogue's food writer, Jeffrey Steingarten, will stop at nothing, as he makes clear in these forty delectable pieces.

Whether he is in search of a foolproof formula for sourdough bread (made from wild yeast, of course) or the most sublime French fries (the secret: cooking them in horse fat) or the perfect piecrust (Fannie Farmer--that is, Marion Cunningham--comes to the rescue), he will go to any length to find the answer.

At the drop of an apron he hops a plane to Japan to taste Wagyu, the hand-massaged beef, or to Palermo to scale Mount Etna to uncover the origins of ice cream. The love of choucroute takes him to Alsace, the scent of truffles to the Piedmont, the sizzle of ribs on the grill to Memphis to judge a barbecue contest, and both the unassuming and the haute cuisines of Paris demand his frequent assessment.

Inevitably these pleasurable pursuits take their toll. So we endure with him a week at a fat farm and commiserate over low-fat products and dreary diet cookbooks to bring down the scales. But salvation is at hand when the French Paradox (how can they eat so richly and live so long?) is unearthed, and a "miraculous" new fat substitute, Olestra, is unveiled, allowing a plump gourmand to have his fill of fat without getting fatter.

Here is the man who ate everything and lived to tell about it. And we, his readers, are hereby invited to the feast in this delightful book.

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Eight years ago, Steingarten left a successful law practice to become a food journalist for House & Garden magazine and Vogue. He has twice won the Beard Award for outstanding food magazine series and ... Read full review

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Great book! BUT I bet the author doesn't know that a good portion of the book can be read just by browsing it here. That's too bad for the author because he won't sell any if you can just read it here.


The Man Who Ate Everything
PART O N E Nothing but the Truth
Totally Mashed
Ripeness Is All
Playing Ketchup
Le Regime Montignac
PART TH RE E Stirring Things
A Fat of No Consequence
Rosemary and Moon Beans
Ingredients in Search ofa Cuisine
Out of North Africa
Variations on a Theme
The Mother ofAIl Ice Cream
The Smith Family Fruitcake
Fish Without Fire 417
Pies from Paradise

PA RT FO U R Journey of a Thousand Meals
Wheres the Wagyu?
Creatures from the Blue Lagoon

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Jeffrey Steingarten trained to become a food writer at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Harvard Lampoon.  For the past eight years he has been the internationally feared and acclaimed food critic of Vogue magazine.  He has been the food correspondent for the online magazine Slate. For essays in this collection, Mr. Steingarten has won countless awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. On Bastille Day, 1994, the French Republic made him a Chevalier in the Order of Merit for his writing on French gastronomy.  As a man who ate everything, Chevalier Steingarten has no favorite food, color, or song.  His preferred eating destinations, however, are Memphis, Paris, Alba, Chengdu--and his loft in New York City.

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