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The Man Who Ate Everything


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THE MAN WHO ATE EVERYTHING was the winner of The Guild of Food Writers Book of the Year and was a bestseller in the UK and US.

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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. He is the internationally feared and acclaimed food critic of American Vogue. His previous collection, THE MAN WHO ATE EVERYTHING, was the winner of The Guild of Food Writers Book of the Year and was a bestseller in the UK and US


This book ministers to readers who, over the past eight years, have missed former lawyer Steingarten's informative yet hilarious food columns in Vogue. Starting with a piece on fighting his own food phobias so as to qualify as an omnivore for the magazine job, he reads the scientific literature on human food selection and manages to expunge his repulsions by eating "at least one food that I detested" every day for six months. He applies a similar modus operandi to other food problems‘collect expert opinion and do one's own experiments‘and reports his findings on, among other things, the cheapest survival diet ($2.50 a day), the fat substitute Olestra ("the first nearly successful virtual pleasure") and the best recipes for ribs, fruitcake, choucroute, turkey, French fries and pie-crust, to name a few. Above all, in these reprinted articles, the author emphasizes the advantages of eating well-prepared, healthy food, noting that France, with its delicious albeit high-fat diet, has the world's second-lowest (after Japan) rate of death by heart attack. Besides its sensible advice and some intriguing recipes, this book serves up generous helpings of laughter. (Nov.)

'wonderfully extreme' Independent 23/9 'I have yet to meet anyone who hasn't adored this book once they've read it.' -- Nigella Lawson 'Gastronomic writing of the highest order, deserving a place alongside Elizabeth David and MFK Fisher.' -- Independent 'Here is a great feast of a volume, a banquet of a book. It is both long and rich, full of intense flavours, new discoveries, unexpected contrasts ... Splendid.' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Like the best modern-day food writers, Steingarten's style is a mix of wittily intellectual inquiry and glorious gluttony ... Little escapes his scrutiny, humour or delight.' -- The Times 'Absolutely not to be missed.' -- Jennifer Paterson

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 is a two-time recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals food journalism prize. Here he takes readers on a riveting tour of the world of food. From Africa to Asia to Europe, his food expeditions for the perfect recipe or a culinary secret moves relentlessly. Whether searching for Alsatian choucroute, sampling the mother of all ice creams, or deciding what to do with a Christmas fruitcake, Steingarten will garner the attention of food aficionados. In consideration of the excess poundage gained by his food foraging, the author also offers his views on low-fat cooking and the dismal world of diet cookbooks. The selected recipes and culinary tips included are a magnificent bonus. Recommended for popular cookery collections.‘Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Libs., Ind.

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