Secret ingredients : the New Yorker book of food and drink

by David Remnick (Editor)

Hardcover, 2007




New York : Random House, c2007.


An compilation of essays, fiction, and cartoons on the world of food and drink from the pages of The New Yorker features contributions by Susan Orlean, Calvin Trillin, Joan Didion, Anthony Bourdain, John Cheever, and Roald Dahl.

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LibraryThing member amelish
I very much enjoyed my first taste (ha) of M.F.K. Fisher, as well as Anthony Lane's "Look Back In Hunger" and John McPhee's piece of foraging. Lane's essay had me giggling helplessly, possibly because it's the most contemporarily resonant one in the book; it always takes me a little while to adjust to the brevity and... brusqueness? of McPhee's writing, but eventually it all kinds of settles into a rhythm and you start to realize he's talking about eating mushrooms and dandelions for breakfast and brewing tea from real mint found in the wild and it's fascinating and oh-so-easy to read.… (more)
LibraryThing member TadAD
This is an anthology of essays on food, a few poems, plus a nice selection of food-related cartoons, all published in The New Yorker over the last six or seven decades.

I enjoyed most of the essays, from favorite authors such as Calvin Trillin to some wonderful pieces from authors unfamiliar to me, such as A. J. Liebling. There is a nice mix of humor and serious writing, as well as a broad range of topics ranging from the state of Parisian restaurants pre-World War to foraging for food in the wild with Euell Gibbons.

A few of the essays didn't appeal, but the book has so much content that one can always move on to the next one. In fact, there is so much here that I had to digest it (OK, pun intended) in bits over a couple of weeks, rather than swoop through it in a single shot as is my wont.
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LibraryThing member annbury
Well worth reading; the cartoons are wonderful and the fiction, especially the Roald Dahl and the VS Pritchett, is terrific. I especially enjoyed rereading the Joe Mitchell pieces but the whole book was a treat. JPH
LibraryThing member JBD1
I took my time with this one and dipped in and out over the course of several months. Some incredibly great gems of food writing within, by Joseph Mitchell, A. J. Liebling, Anthony Bourdain, M. F. K. Fisher, John McPhee, John Seabrook, and Roald Dahl, among others.


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