Book Review

Book Review: The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

So, this is the first time that the online book club I’m part of is reading a book I chose. We’ve reviewed some awesome books like Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal and Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m comparing it to these two awesome books, or if I just wasn’t in as big a reading phase lately (have been obsessed with podcasts instead), but I wasn’t quite as into this one.

Or really, it must have been the fact that I was expecting The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten (my Amazon Associates link) to be something it wasn’t. I guess I had stopped reading the book’s description mid-way and thought it was going to be a book about someone getting over their picky eating habits. So when the first chapter went into baking bread, I was like, “huh?”

But once I understood that The Man Who Ate Everything is a collection of articles based on one man’s experiences with food (who was in fact appointed food critic for Vogue), I could appreciate it a lot more. He talks about all his almost random adventures with eating, cooking, and culinary experiments. They are fun to read about because these are projects I would totally do, had I the time. His writing style is funny and entertaining, but some essays feel a little dated as I’m reading this for the first time in 2012 (the Montignac Diet..? What?!). But that’s not his fault. It’s not the most inspirational food-related book I’ve read, but it’s a good, digestible read for any inquisitive food lover.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

  1. I’ve read some of his essays, but didn’t manage to grab the book last month. It’s interesting that people are calling it dated – it’s funny how trendy food is. I suppose we wear clothes everyday, too.

    • Haha lately I’ve been oddly impatient about reading anything dated. I was trying to read some memoir (that wasn’t even that old) and couldn’t get through that either :x

  2. Pingback: The Man Who Ate Everything: November Round-Up | The Kitchen Reader

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