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The Tummy Trilogy: American Fried / Alice, Let's Eat / Third Helpings Paperback – 30 Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (30 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374524173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374524173
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Trillin is our funniest food writer. He writes with charm, freedom, and a rare respect for language." -- Seymour Britchkey, Ne"w Yorker"
" As Proust took the simple madeleine and with genius made it a glory of a book, so Trillin takes the hamburger, takes the chili dog, takes the pizza, and does as much, or more." -- Henry Mitchell, "The Washington Post Book World"
" Marvelously funny and horrifyingly mouth-watering." -- "Rolling Stone"


“Trillin is our funniest food writer. He writes with charm, freedom, and a rare respect for language.”—Seymour Britchkey, Ne"w Yorker"
“As Proust took the simple madeleine and with genius made it a glory of a book, so Trillin takes the hamburger, takes the chili dog, takes the pizza, and does as much, or more.”—Henry Mitchell, "The Washington Post Book World"
“Marvelously funny and horrifyingly mouth-watering.”—"Rolling Stone"


"Trillin is our funniest food writer. He writes with charm, freedom, and a rare respect for language."--Seymour Britchkey, Ne"w Yorker"

"As Proust took the simple madeleine and with genius made it a glory of a book, so Trillin takes the hamburger, takes the chili dog, takes the pizza, and does as much, or more."--Henry Mitchell, "The Washington Post Book World"

"Marvelously funny and horrifyingly mouth-watering."--"Rolling Stone"


Trillin is our funniest food writer. He writes with charm, freedom, and a rare respect for language. "Seymour Britchkey, New Yorker"

As Proust took the simple madeleine and with genius made it a glory of a book, so Trillin takes the hamburger, takes the chili dog, takes the pizza, and does as much, or more. "Henry Mitchell, The Washington Post Book World"

Marvelously funny and horrifyingly mouth-watering. "Rolling Stone""

From the Back Cover

In the 1970s, Calvin Trillin informed us that the most glorious food in an American city was not to be found at the pretentious rooftop restaurant he called La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine. With three hilarious books, he established himself as "our funniest food writer" and, in Craig Claiborne's phrase, "the Walt Whitman of American eats". Now the three books have been combined in what Trillin calls The Tummy Trilogy.

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What Anthony Bourdain did for chefs, and Bill Bryson did for travellers, Calvin Trillin has done for food writers. Although he's less profane than Anthony and less irritating than Bill, he's still a bit prone to "look how witty I'm being" and frankly the jokes about British (or, as he insists, "English") cooking are old and very tired indeed.
Possibly it's having them published as a trilogy that's the problem; when you start to notice the exact same description cropping up over and over again, it gets a bit wearisome. However, it would be a good holiday "take and chuck" book, although I would not read it on a plane, it'll just make you look at the in flight catering with loathing.
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The books in Calvin Trillin's Tummy Trilogy instilled in me forever a love of reading books aloud and an insatiable penchant for "American cuisine." I grew up reading them to my mother, a caterer, as she was busy in the kitchen. Aside from being absolutely hilarious, his descriptions of different dishes - from the humble french fry to more exotic regional dishes - would make our mouths water. Those descriptions and stories have never left me, and I've made a point of trying to visit some of the places he described in his books, including what I'd have to call a pilgrimage to the legendary Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City. Books to be savoured over and over again, preferably with an Italian sausage sandwich in hand.
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If you love food, this book will make you laugh out loud. Trillin's delight in food is infectuous, and he's a damn good writer besides.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saluting America with coleslaw 31 Oct. 2001
By Eric Krupin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What qualifies the author to write this book is concisely summarized in a quote from his daughter: "Daddy likes to pig out." In the grand history of American gluttony (dating back to the first Thanksgiving dinner, I suppose), no one has ever pigged out with more demonstrable relish and native lack of hauteur than Calvin Trillin. His ode to the glories of Arthur Bryant's Barbecue - The Single Best Restaurant In The World - is a dithyramb worthy of Whitman. He is, in short, a true patriot - albeit one whose vision of multiculturalism is expressed in Italian fried-pepper sandwiches and Polish pierogies. There are lots of laughs in this volume but I value it more for its whole-hearted embrace of our authentic appetites. In a time of spiralling culinary pretention (whose standard bearer is Charlie Trotter and his dishes with paragraph-long names), "The Tummy Trilogy" is a palate-cleansing dish of sanity.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Stock the fridge before you read these books 6 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The books in Calvin Trillin's Tummy Trilogy instilled in me forever a love of reading books aloud and an insatiable penchant for "American cuisine." I grew up reading them to my mother, a caterer, as she was busy in the kitchen. Aside from being absolutely hilarious, his descriptions of different dishes - from the humble french fry to more exotic regional dishes - would make our mouths water. Those descriptions and stories have never left me, and I've made a point of trying to visit some of the places he described in his books, including what I'd have to call a pilgrimage to the legendary Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City. Books to be savoured over and over again, preferably with an Italian sausage sandwich in hand.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gourMAND as well as a gourmet 7 Dec. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Trillin talks about food cleverly and with great humor, but not snobbily. I learned all about barbecue in Kansas City, oyster po'boys, Chinese food in NYC, and a ton of other delicious things. Three of the best food books of all time! But also excellent reading for someone who just enjoys well-written and funny stories.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing and a delight even though much has changed on the American food scene 17 Feb. 2006
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
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As far as I know, Calvin Trillin and I disagree on almost everything in government, economics, and legislation. However, he writes so well, that I prefer to forget the other and just remember how much he delights me with the music and fun of his words. This book is actually three books in one and all of them are about food. Trillin writes about food in a wonderfully charming way by using his family, friends, as well as the patrons, and restaurateurs he meets during his journeys in search of good eats.

"American Fried" is from 1974, "Alice, Let's Eat" from 1978, and "Third Helping" from 1983. The compilation has a new introduction that is, like the book, from 1994. America eating in the 1990s was much different than the way American's ate in 1974. Through the author's eyes (and tummy), we can recapture what it was like in those inglorious years for America's non-cuisine. Oh, there is plenty of bad food even in 2006, but it is much easier to find great food if you care to eat it.

Trillin is a wonderful storyteller. He has an eye for the telling and humorous detail and a great way with dialogue. These books are packed full of delightful anecdotes that illustrate local delights from all over the country (as well as horrors from all over the country). He has a special kindness that is never mean even while pointing out the ridiculous.

These remain fun books that I can recommend enthusiastically even though eating out on the American scene has changed a great deal since the years in which these books (this book) were written.

Enjoy!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American chow, well done! 24 Jan. 1999
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Becuase it is a collection of columns, there is a certain amount of redundancy; but, overall, it's a rollicking jaunt through the off-beat dineries of a vanishing America. Any easy, breezy read, one gets the feeling a dinnier with Trillin would be overshadowed by the company. Delicious!
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