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It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything [Paperback]

Jeffrey Steingarten
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6 Oct 2003
Jeffrey Steingarten's first book, THE MAN WHO ATE EVERYTHING, was an instant classic. Nigella Lawson said, 'I have yet to meet anyone who hasn't adored this book once they've read it.'

Now he has done it again. In this stunning collection of provocative, witty and erudite food essays, Jeffrey Steingarten continues his quest for the perfect meal. He chews over the supreme hors d'oeuvres recipe, embarks on an epic hunt for bluefish tuna, and, in 'The Man Who Cooked for his Dog', responds to baleful looks from his golden retriever by cooking him dishes of braised short ribs. As ever, it's a gloriously diverse menu from the man who has dedicated his life to searching out the ultimate in food experiences - at considerable expense to his waistline - for your reading pleasure. Read it and eat!

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  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, London (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747243077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747243076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hilarious, quixotic, obsessive, Steingarten is a hero. He's nuts, but he's a hero' -- Independent

'Witty and erudite each essay is the work of an obsessive with his desires fulfilled' -- Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jeffrey Steingarten trained to become a food writer at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Harvard Lampoon. He is the internationally feared and acclaimed food critic of American Vogue.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It Must Be The Best Book I've Ever Read 10 Nov 2003
Well, it's certainly the best food book I've ever read, and knocks everybody else, including my old favourites, into a cocked hat. Every one of his stories or investigations is an eye-opener that can also make you laugh aloud whilst learning fascinating stuff;I quote him all the time, and have become rather an expert in many people's eyes on caviar, bread, bluefin vs yellowfin tuna, the ultimate gratin, salt(FABULOUS!)and the lesion in the brain that can cause excessive interest in good food . He is the cleverest and most entertaining food writer of our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fortifyingly sane & delicious 7 Feb 2012
For all that Steingarten plays up his obsessive eccentricity, what he sets out to do is fundamentally & profoundly sane. "It must've been something I ate" refers to his observation that people who wake up in the morning feeling nauseated and weary tend to blame their food. Well, Steingarten wants to wake up in the mornings feeling happy, refreshed, full of appetite for the day ahead and full of fond remembrance of the day before - and food, for him, is at the centre of things. These essays are about particular foodstuffs but they're universally about the search for sanity, by which he means a passionate effort to make the most of life, to get the most joy possible out of it. What he focuses on is food but other things are clearly as important to him, like learning about the world and writing about it. He's funny, witty and good humoured, and a good lesson on how those three qualities are quite different (and quite wonderful in combination).

An absolute treat, even if you've no interest in food and have never been hungry or thirsty in your life. If you have been, it's even better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Foodie Feast 14 Jan 2003
Steingarten is witty, erudite and opinionated. Above all, though, he is obsessive (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).
If a subject catches his interest he researches it with a thoroughness that is nothing less than terrifying to ordinary mortals. In his quest for authentic coq au vin he scours New York for roosters and chickens' blood. His experiments with coffee-making involve covering his dining table with 14 home espresso machines. As for his attempts to arrange a hot enough oven to bake the perfect pizza - no, we won't go into that.
This is not a book of amusing anecdotes, though some are scattered through it. The essays vary. Some are wonderful pieces of research (I especially enjoyed the piece on MSG), while others are accounts of Steingarten's search for culinary enlightenment in various parts of the world. Occasionally his considerable ego does tend to get a bit overpowering but, well, he's a lawyer and a New Yorker...
Although I found this book marginally less enjoyable than its predecessor, it is still wonderfully entertaining and informative. One can only admire somebody so dedicated to his work that he will subject himself to a brain scan in order to test the theory that obsession with food is caused by some sort of lesion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like food.... 23 Dec 2008
By ingram
A move on from "the man who ate everything". He is older and wiser and it shows in this quality writing.

By now we know what to expect... andwe are ravenous.

The humour is more thought out and drier. Sometimes it hits you with the last word of a paragraph, powerful stuff.

The writing is excellent of course and the information is very useful, provocative and always stimulating.

Personally i find it difficult to read this book anytime but right after or just before a meal!
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