Monday, December 14, 2009

Eating: A Memoir

Tasty. I read Jason Epstein’s Eating: A Memoir, in two seatings, with three interruptions to head to the kitchen to rustle up a tasty something or other to satisfy the appetite triggered by my reading. Epstein, a former Random House editor, loves to eat and cooks with a panache that comes across in his conversational recipes. His measurements will drive scientific cooks bonkers: a little of this, not too much of that. His point is that we learn to cook by cooking and tasting. His random walk through meals of his life introduces many famous characters with whom Epstein has dined. They add color to the narrative, just as table mates for any of us increase our appreciation of the food we enjoy together. Eating is quick to read, and for most readers will be followed by a good dose of some favorite food.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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