Acknowledgments Prelude: The Carving Chapter 1 The Fried Egg and I Chapter 2 A Peanut Butter Kid in a Velveeta Wasteland Recipe: Almost Like Mom's Macaroni-and-cheese Chapter 3 About Sex and Me Chapter 4 Slow Death by Mayonnaise Recipe: Blueberry Pie with Orange Nut Crust Chapter 5 Something Borrowed, Something Blue Recipe: My sister-in-law's Orange Pour Cake Chapter 6 Innocents Abroad Recipe: Raw tomato sauce for pasta Chapter 7 Comfort Me with Chocolate Mousse Chapter 8 How I Became Henri Soule's Darling Chapter 9 When Craig Claiborne Was God and King Chapter 10 The Insatiable Critic Recipe: Plum rum conserve Chapter 11 Planting the Seeds of Sensuality Chapter 12 Bite: A New York Restaurant Strategy Chapter 13 Ma Vie Avec Le Grape Nut Recipe: Danish Meat Loaf Chapter 14 Men I Just Couldn't Resist Recipe: Infidelity
Gael Greene wrote 'The Insatiable Critic' column for New York magazine for more than thirty years and remains on the staff, writing a weekly 'Ask Gael' column. The author of Doctor Love, and Blue Skies, No Candy, she is also cofounder (with James Beard) and board chair of Citymeals-on-Wheels, an organisation that delivers 2.2 million meals a year to elderly housebound New Yorkers. She lives in New York City.
New York magazine contributing editor and former restaurant critic Greene (Blue Skies, No Candy) serves up a feast in this memoir chronicling her involvement in the history of both the culinary and the sexual revolutions in the United States. A self-proclaimed sensualist, she artfully blends food and sex, liberally spicing talk of restaurants that changed the way Americans ate, chefs who elevated cooking to an art form or launched culinary movements, and food celebrities such as Julia Child and Craig Claiborne with tales of her bedroom encounters. Chapters with titles like "A Peanut Butter Kid in a Velveeta Wasteland" and "Splendor in the Fois Gras" whet the appetite and contain recipes (e.g., Almost Like Mom's Macaroni and Cheese, Infidelity Soup) that capture a memory or reflect a particular decade. Greene's focus is mainly New York restaurants, and that, together with her prose, might be an acquired taste, but the book is still an engaging account of the food world. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Christine Holmes, San Jose State Univ. Lib., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
As the title of her longtime New York magazine column (which ran from 1968 to 2000) suggests, Greene was indeed an "Insatiable Critic" and not just where food was concerned. Her fun memoir spices up the standard chronicle of food supped and wine sipped with breathless descriptions of sexual trysts, travel tales and signature fashions. Greene's sensual appetite was voracious and her affairs as abundant and indulgent as her meals; her more famous lovers included Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. With chapter titles like "Splendor in the Foie Gras" and "Bonfire of the Foodies," the book brims with vivid and gluttonously gossipy prose, though it's occasionally repetitive, especially regarding the recent growth of "foodie" culture. At heart a singular story of Greene's gustatory and personal development, the book is also a history of culinary culture since the 1960s. She mentions world events that were occurring as she pursued her sybaritic lifestyle; describes her idols, contemporaries and famous chefs; and depicts spectacular meals throughout France, New York and beyond. This delicious read tells the story of America's haute cuisine awakening as written by the woman who had a seat at the table. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.