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Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

by Calvin Trillin

Random House Publishing Group | May 11, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the "continental cuisine" palaces he used to refer to as La Maison de la Casa House. What he treasures is the superb local specialty. And he will go anywhere to find one. As it happens, some of his favorite dishes can be found only in their place of origin. Join Trillin on his charming, funny culinary adventures as he samples fried marlin in Barbados and the barbecue of his boyhood in Kansas City. Travel alongside as he hunts for the authentic fish taco, and participates in a "boudin blitzkrieg" in the part of Louisiana where people are accustomed to buying these spicy sausages and polishing them off in the parking lot. ("Cajun boudin not only doesn't get outside the state, it usually doesn't even get home.") In New York, Trillin even tries to use a glorious local specialty, the bagel, to lure his daughters back from California. Feeding a Yen is a delightful reminder of why New York magazine called Calvin Trillin "our funniest food writer."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 11, 2004

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375759964

ISBN - 13: 9780375759963

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Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

by Calvin Trillin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 11, 2004

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375759964

ISBN - 13: 9780375759963

About the Book

"Under cover of a mania for dim sum, spaghetti carbonara, and pit barbecue, he is actually a superlative prose stylist, an inimitable humorist, and an absolutely first-rate people writer."--"The Washington Post Book World."

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1. MAGIC BAGEL Not long after the turn of the millennium, I had an extended father-daughter conversation with my older daughter, Abigail, on the way back from a dim sum lunch in Chinatown. Abigail, who was living in San Francisco, had come to New York to present a paper at a conference. As a group of us trooped back toward our house in Greenwich Village, where she''d grown up, Abigail and I happened to be walking together. "Let''s get this straight, Abigail," I said, after we''d finished off some topic and had gone along in silence for a few yards. "If I can find those gnarly little dark pumpernickel bagels that we used to get at Tanenbaum''s, you''ll move back to New York. Right?" "Absolutely," Abigail said. There''s a great comfort in realizing that a child you''ve helped rear has grown up with her priorities straight. When I phoned Abigail from the Oakland airport once to ask if she knew of an alternative route to her house in San Francisco--I''d learned of a huge traffic jam on the normal route, toward the Bay Bridge--she said, "Sure. Go south on 880, take 92 west across the bridge to 101, and we''ll meet you at Fook Yuen for lunch." Fook Yuen is a dim sum restaurant in Millbrae, about five minutes from the San Francisco airport, and its way with a dumpling has persuaded us that flights in and out of San Francisco are best scheduled in the middle of the day. I report this response to a traffic jam as a way of demonstrating not simpl
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Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the "continental cuisine" palaces he used to refer to as La Maison de la Casa House. What he treasures is the superb local specialty. And he will go anywhere to find one. As it happens, some of his favorite dishes can be found only in their place of origin. Join Trillin on his charming, funny culinary adventures as he samples fried marlin in Barbados and the barbecue of his boyhood in Kansas City. Travel alongside as he hunts for the authentic fish taco, and participates in a "boudin blitzkrieg" in the part of Louisiana where people are accustomed to buying these spicy sausages and polishing them off in the parking lot. ("Cajun boudin not only doesn't get outside the state, it usually doesn't even get home.") In New York, Trillin even tries to use a glorious local specialty, the bagel, to lure his daughters back from California. Feeding a Yen is a delightful reminder of why New York magazine called Calvin Trillin "our funniest food writer."

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Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the "continental cuisine" palaces he used to refer to as La Maison de la Casa House. What he treasures is the superb local specialty. And he will go anywhere to find one. As it happens, some of his favorite dishes can be found only in their place of origin. Join Trillin on his charming, funny culinary adventures as he samples fried marlin in Barbados and the barbecue of his boyhood in Kansas City. Travel alongside as he hunts for the authentic fish taco, and participates in a "boudin blitzkrieg" in the part of Louisiana where people are accustomed to buying these spicy sausages and polishing them off in the parking lot. ("Cajun boudin not only doesn't get outside the state, it usually doesn't even get home.") In New York, Trillin even tries to use a glorious local specialty, the bagel, to lure his daughters back from California. Feeding a Yen is a delightful reminder of why New York magazine called Calvin Trillin "our funniest food writer."

About the Author

CALVIN TRILLIN has been called "perhaps the finest reporter in America," and "a classic American humorist."

A onetime writer for Time, The New Yorker and a current contributor to The Nation, he is the author of several collections of essays and three comic novels, including the national bestseller Tepper Isn't Going Out. He has also written three previous books on eating, American Fried, Alice, Let''s Eat and Third Helpings, and the acclaimed memoirs, Messages from My Father, a New York Times best seller, and Family Man. His next book will be "Obliviously On He Sails," a collection of satirical verse about the George W, Bush presidency.

Editorial Reviews

"Calvin Trillin is to food writing what Chaplin was to film acting."
-Business Week

"Tasty morsels . . . will have the reader gnawing the book's cover for lack of the perfect bagel . . . or the succulent boudin."
-The Dallas Morning News

"One of the most brilliant humorists of our times . . . Trillin is guaranteed good reading."
-Charleston Post and Courier

"Trillin never loses track of the ultimate meaning of food-that it connects us to those we care about the most deeply."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Trillin is the guide on a magical mystery tour punctuated by eccentric characters made memorable by his deft touch."
-The Denver Post
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