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Dec 19, 2006 01:08 PM

What book are you reading?

I've recently read "Heat" and Anthony Bourdain's book of essays and need something new to read. I've been poking my nose in M.F.K. Fisher, but want something a little more current right now.

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  1. Wasn't "Heat" a fascinating read?

    If you want to get irate over what you're eating, read Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

    I've just picked up Brian Wansink's "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think." Perhaps this isn't the best time of year to be reading it...

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    1. re: jillp

      Loved Heat!

      I am currently reading The Way We Eat..why our food choices matter by Peter Singer & Jim Mason. Controversial read..somewhat upsetting. What is the true cost of our food choices? Hmmmm.

      I have to stop and take a isn't a straight-thru read for me.

      1. re: melly

        When I was reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" I had to stop frequently because it distressed me so much I'd start ranting, so I know exactly what you're talking about.

        1. re: melly

          Is "Heat" after Kitchen Confidential??

          1. re: chef chicklet

            Written by two different authors, but yes, it came after Kitchen Confidential.

      2. I'm reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and Julia Child's "My Life in France" simultaneously, and immensely enjoying both of them.

        1. I have always loved MFK Fisher and recently read a biography, "Poet of the Appetites" and was surprised that despite being a graceful and lyrical writer, she appears to have been a selfish, naive, pampered, self indulgent and even sometimes cruel person. She also came off as a person who should never have had children. Most of what I have read about other foodies, James Beard, Craig Claibourne, Julia Child, Clementine Paddleford, Elizabeth David and Jacques Pepin etc. have seemed to reveal people who may be self centered but mostly generous and happy and people you would want to meet. Boy, not MFKF!I really liked the Julie and Julia book, thought that was very funny in parts. Just finished Gael Greene's "Insatiable" eh, not for me.

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          1. re: foodfan

            Gael Greene's book was not one I liked at all (although her brief meeting with MFK Fisher was kind of funny and illustrated the traits you mentioned).

            I just finished Michael Ruhlman's (sp?) Making of a Chef. Loved it. Reichl's Comfort Me With Apples was OK. I heard Garlic and Sapphires was fairly good (sitting at home on the shelf).

            1. re: merrymc

              Was it me or did you just want to shake her (Gael Greene) by the shoulders the whole time about that toy boy and say why are you enjoying this? Even a+ sex wouldn't have made that worthwhile, IMO.

              1. re: foodfan

                Yes...I wanted to shake her a lot during the book. She came off as more interested in describing the sex and high society elements of her life rather than saying anything interesting about the restaurants themselves (although there were a few interesting passages). At least I got it from the library, although I did spend 25 cents in late fee.

                Reichl spent a good deal of time talking about her lovers, but somehow it felt more integrated into the book. I love to read about sex as much as the next English major, but Greene's book spent so much time on her affairs it felt kind of repetitious and a bit boring.

              2. re: merrymc

                Thanks for recommending Making of a Chef by Ruhlman, I picked it up in the bookstore on Tuesday and finished it last night. Fascinating, and very well written. I definitely want to read his other books.

                1. re: JasmineG

                  I am about to finish reading this too. He makes everything feel immediate and has a great sense of pacing.

                  My gripe would be with the editing. Far too many typos and careless spelling errors made it through, making it very distracting to me.

                2. re: merrymc

                  I loved the first half of Making of a Chef but once he varied from moving on with his "class" I thought that it went down hill fast.

                  Am also looking forward to Garlic and Sapphires.

                3. re: foodfan

                  Yes, after reading "Insatiable" I wanted to wash my hands. Eh, indeed.

                  1. re: foodfan

                    Agreed on Greene's self indulgent tome.... Gave up half way through. We get it already Gael.

                    1. re: kaitak98

                      Self-indulgent pretty much sums it up. Do we really need to know the name of every chef, editor and celebrity Gael cheerfully fucks or blows?

                      Loved Ominivore, loved Heat, look forward to USofArugula!

                  2. Just finished the United States of Arugula, which was quite good. I am now reading Heat and so far it has been fascinating indeed. I particularly like the writing. Kitchen Confidential didn't really inspire people to work in a kitchen. Heat does quite the opposite.

                    1. The latest by Amy Sedaris, I Like You...,is turning out to be a great read. Humorous, fresh peek at how we entertain.

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        I just got this book. I think it's hilarious.

                        1. re: Sarah McC

                          SarahMc...the photos/recipe reasoning/chapters...just a good laugh at ourselves really :)

                          1. re: HillJ

                            So true... I just blushed through most of it. I might try the 'indoor garage sale' idea. Who doesn't need extra quarters for laundry!

                            1. re: Sarah McC

                              The deli 3-tier cakes just knocked me out
                              or the "rich uncle dinner party" hilarious

                        2. re: HillJ

                          Heard Amy on NPR recently...hilarious. I must get her book. It's like the anti-Martha Stewart apparently.

                          1. re: melly

                            melly, Any chance you caught her NPR taping on that's satire!

                            I took in a David Sedaris show in Sept. After show, he signed books. I asked him about his sisters work and he was extremely proud of her. I flew thru I Like You but it's one of those books I'll go back and re-read just for a giggle.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              NO...I missed the cupcake one. Drat!