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R.W. Apple has died

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  • Leper Oct 4, 2006 04:01 PM

Drudgereport notes today that the New York Times announced that food journalist R.W. Apple died on Tuesday. Not certain if the account is accurate.

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  1. Yes, of thoracic cancer at 71.

    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15129061/

    1. R.W. Apple's book "America" was a great read for any lover of food and travel. I am jealous of the Chowhound life he lead. I wonder what Julia is going to cook up for him tonight?

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      1. re: Walters

        Based on what I know of him, he may insist on cooking for her!

        A great loss. I'll miss his travel and food writing in the Times. And I was a longtime reader of his political articles as well. I especially enjoyed the sidebars he wrote to accompany the harder news articles.

      2. There is a long appreciative article posted on the NY Times website. His last article was in Sunday's paper on chefs in Singapore. A real loss.

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        1. re: GregJ

          http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/nyr...

          Here is the link to the article.

        2. Such sad news. I really enjoyed his writing. I will miss him.

          1. Thanks for posting this sad news...I haven't seen him in years but he would frequent my Antiques shop and we would always
            trade new restaurants to try. He loved to talk food !
            He will be missed by many.

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            1. re: Marilyn

              where was your shop? was he based out of dc or new york? from his writings, it seemed like he didn't have a permanent residence, but rather a globe trotter of the finest order.

              1. re: kevin

                Kevin...my shop was in Adamstown PA...RW had a farm
                in Gettysburg PA

            2. I was home sick today and really trying to remain positive. The news of Apple's death really hit me hard. He was a favorite journalist even before he was a food writer. The obit in the times is sweet and appreciative of his many talents, and it was picked up in the international herald tribune among other news outlets.

              My favorite food article of his was the story about his favorite bistro in Paris, where he went to celebrete his birthday not so long ago. I think it ran in Gourmet, and it was such a loving tribute to the restaurant, its chef and owners, and to a remembrance of a life well lived.

              Here's a glass raised to Apple. Slainte.

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              1. re: MaspethMaven

                I think that piece was actually written by Calvin Trillin. He reported on Apple's birthday celebration.

                1. re: Frolic

                  Yes, I think you are right. No wonder the details are so fuzzy. Regardless, a lovely piece and a fitting tribute.

              2. Chez l' Ami Louis,

                1. FYI: RW Apple swansong article:
                  http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/10/22...

                  ok tnx

                  1. I had the privilege of hearing Mr. Apple speak last March at the IACP convention in Seattle. I don't think I've ever heard anyone speak with such eloquence and humour, and we'll likely never hear (or read) the likes of him again.

                    1. I've been lamenting his passing...used to always look forward to reading his NYT articles. Yesterday, read his last piece about the 10 restaurants he would board a plane to visit. A fascinating character and true bon vivant -- they don't make them like that any more!