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R.W. Apple has died

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. Gary Soup Oct 4, 2006 04:03 PM

    Yes, of thoracic cancer at 71.


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      Walters Oct 4, 2006 04:39 PM

      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
        abrocadabro Oct 4, 2006 06:09 PM

        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.

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        GregJ Oct 4, 2006 05:35 PM

        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
          Phaedrus Oct 4, 2006 08:27 PM


          Here is the link to the article.

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          Seattle Rose Oct 4, 2006 07:49 PM

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

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            Marilyn Oct 4, 2006 08:33 PM

            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
              kevin Oct 4, 2006 10:09 PM

              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.

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                Marilyn Oct 4, 2006 10:26 PM

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

            2. MaspethMaven Oct 4, 2006 10:10 PM

              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
                Frolic Oct 5, 2006 12:56 AM

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

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                  MaspethMaven Oct 5, 2006 03:51 PM

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

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                kevin Oct 4, 2006 10:14 PM

                Chez l' Ami Louis,

                1. psb Oct 23, 2006 09:03 AM

                  FYI: RW Apple swansong article:

                  ok tnx

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                    FlavoursGal Oct 23, 2006 01:12 PM

                    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. MichelinStarChaser Oct 25, 2006 12:51 PM

                      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!

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