The Man Who Ate Everything
The Man Who Ate Everything, by Jeffrey Steingarten, is a collection of essays about food. It combines my three favorite things; reading, humor and food. I am a food lover as much as anything else; I read food blogs daily and eat well. Therefore, I love this book, because it not only entertains me but gives me great recipes and makes my mouth water.
There are scientific essays about the nutritional value of “unhealthy” foods, (and one about the non-nutritional value of salad) which are the dullest for me, though I get a kick out of the “Read that, nutritionists! Salt’s not bad for you!” statements he puts in there. There’s some experimentation with things like bread, ketchup tastings, and trying several fad diets, all of which are amusing but not truly delicious. The real gold mines are the descriptions of food from all kinds of places; Memphis barbeque, Pacfic Northwest seafood, perfect Italian pasta… There are also mouthwatering recipes for pies and fries, which make me want to start up my deep fryer and start making crust.
The Man Who Ate Everything is a delicious book that’s bursting with goodness. It makes me want to start cooking up some recipes and jetting off to Kyoto and Memphis for miso and barbeque. Read it if you’re a food lover. If you’re not, it may spark your interest anyway. Either way, this is a wonderful book.