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Jeffrey Steingarten

Autor(a) de The Man Who Ate Everything

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2004 (2004) — Prefácio — 65 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares


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Confessional: my view of Mr. Steingarten has been colored by other reviews calling him pompous and "casually offensive". Indeed, here are a few examples: even if said in jest, he wants to take credit for getting people to eat out of their comfort zones. He has a strong humble brag going on about the time he had a half pound bag of Oshima Island Blue Label Salt on his kitchen counter. The comments made me pay attention to every time he said something disparaging about women or demonstrated mock insecurity. In truth, it got a little annoying to be so hypersensitive to ego remarks like, "Where were you when you tasted the most delectable and expensive fish in the world? Me, I was in L.A." (p 13). Good for you, Steingarten. There have been a lot of what I call, "Have you...? I have!" statements.
But all of this is not to say Steingarten was not informative. I learned that cheese is not the source of your lactose intolerance and the monosodium glutamate will not give you a headache.
I have never been a fan of one collecting all his or her previously published essays to bring them out as a "new" book. It's just recycled words. To continue to pick on It Must've Been Something I Ate, I don't know how you can index Parmesan cheese a dozen times and not once put Italy in the index. Not even Parma makes a mention. Steingarten mostly focuses on French cuisine and French influences. He completely ignores Spain, Germany, and Italy (even though he has whole chapters on Neapolitan pizza and Parmesan cheese).
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SeriousGrace | 11 outras críticas | Oct 22, 2023 |
I don't understand this book. The premise seemed to be that the author had lots of different foods that he would not eat (kimchi, Greek food, etc.) and he decided he didn't want to live that way anymore. He didn't want to be someone whose eating phobias made it difficult for his dining companions, like vegans or those insufferable people who choose to go gluten free. So he basically gets over it. He says that it takes between 8 and 10 exposures to a new food for a child to embrace it, and that it took basically that same amount of exposure to the foods he hated for him to get over those phobias. All this in the introduction to the book. The rest of the book is a snooze fest. The first chapter is about making bread, and he does diary entries for the journey he took in trying to make his own delicious bread. This could have been interesting, but it was not. After that I skipped ahead to a random page and skimmed it to see if the book got better. The page was simply a bullet-point list of ketchup brands, their prices, and a single sentence of review of the product. I turned ahead a page, then two, and found that he literally was listing his personal reviews of 35 different ketchups. Is this a joke? I cannot tell you how little of a shit I give about ketchup brand reviews.

In sum, it seems that someone has forgotten to tell this author that books are supposed to be interesting. Avoid.
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blueskygreentrees | 28 outras críticas | Jul 30, 2023 |
Great collection of slightly obsessive food writing; the description of making a turducken, including boning a turkey in a speedy two hours, is a delight.
adzebill | 11 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2023 |
Even though The Man Who Ate Everything was published over twenty years ago, I have to think some of the truths Steingarten uncovered about food and the consumer industry are still true. Prices and other forms of economic data might be outdated but doesn't Heinz still rule the ketchup competition? Is there still a Wall Street branch of McDonald's at 160 Broadway, two blocks north of Trinity church? Steingarten will amuse you on a variety of topics from the safest time to eat an oyster, the chemical makeup of the best tasting water and the discussion of Campbell's soup recipes to instructions on how to produce perfectly mashed potatoes and french fries (is it the potatoe, the oil, the salt, or the technique?). Even Jane Austen gets a mention into his book. You will pay more attention to the waitstaff in a fancy restaurant after you read The Man Who Ate Everything.
One surprise while reading Steingarten. His quest to be thin. I have a hard time picturing any man looking attractive and healthy at a mere 116lbs. Okay, except maybe Prince.
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SeriousGrace | 28 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2022 |



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