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a very enjoyable miscellany of short writing on many aspects of food, which exceeded my expectations
on 13 October 2013
I came to this having read the greater part of James Salter's fiction and wondering what this might have to offer. It exceeded all my expectations.
The book in fact offers an entry for each day of the year about some aspect of food. Some entries are about kinds of food (pineapples, coffee, foie gras) or wine (famous vintages etc), some about food writers, some about restaurants, many about food experiences - it is clear that the Salters have given many excellent dinner parties, including to the occasional famous literary colleague (John Irving, Salman Rushdie). A lot of research would seem to have gone into this, though the Salters wear their learning lightly. How much I will remember I doubt, but perhaps the advice to put red wine in the fridge for 30 minutes before drinking and white wine in the fridge for an hour before drinking to maximise flavour.
The episodic style of the book seems made for Salter's writing style - although the work is clearly a joint product with his wife Kay and also clearly represents many happy decades of married life. In that sense the book tells you 'what happens next' at the end of Salter's autobiography Burning The Days.
All in all then, a very enjoyable reading experience which I would strongly recommend to others - but only, of course, to other who are interested in food and food writing.