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The Man Who Ate Everything: and other gastronomic feats, disputes and pleasurable pursuits: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Food, But Were Afraid to Ask Hardcover – 3 Sep 1998

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Home (3 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747222584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747222583
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 22.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jeffrey Steingarten was a lawyer until 1989, when an invitation to write for American Vogue effected his metamorphosis into a food writer--unquestionably a higher form of life. As the self-styled Man Who Ate Everything, he could allow himself no favourite foods nor irrational dislikes; consequently, the first piece in the book describes his heroic efforts to purge himself of all food phobias in preparation for his new post. The Six-Step Programme he devised was largely successful: as a result, kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage), anchovies, Greek food and clams ("I feel a mild horror about what goes on in the moist darkness between the shells of all bivalves...is the horror deeper than I know?) all assumed a place in his diet. He became the "perfect omnivore". Now he seems to travel the world, eating. The Man Who Ate Everything deals to a certain extent with food and cooking, but its real subject (aside from Steingarten himself) is our attitude towards what we eat--what our food choices reveal about us. So he discusses the complex issues surrounding choosing the best brand of bottled water; the pros and cons of cooking "French" fries in horse fat; the deadly toxins that infest a virginal salad. He travels to Alsace in pursuit of le Veritable Choucroute Garni, to Piedmont to join white-truffle hunters, to Kyoto to worship at the shrine of kaiseki ryori, formal Japanese haute cuisine. By turns witty, learned, satirical and riotously farcical, The Man Who Ate Everything is never less than passionate about his subject. --Robin Davidson

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I have yet to meet anyone who hasn't adored this book once they've read it. (Nigella Lawson)

Gastronomic writing of the highest order, deserving a place alongside Elizabeth David and MFK Fisher. (Independent)

Here is a great feast of a volume, a banquet of a book. It is both long and rich, full of intense flavours, new discoveries, unexpected contrasts ... Splendid. (Sunday Telegraph)

Like the best modern-day food writers, Steingarten's style is a mix of wittily intellectual inquiry and glorious gluttony ... Little escapes his scrutiny, humour or delight. (The Times)

Absolutely not to be missed. (Jennifer Paterson, Spectator)

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