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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gael Greene Narrator: Nancy Travis Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The tastiest, most uninhibited memoir in years, Insatiable is a feast for the senses and an aphrodisiac for the soul. I love Le Cirque, but can I be trusted? writes Gael Greene, the highly respected restaurant critic for New York magazine, whose fierce wit and sensuous prose changed the way Americans think about food.

Now, Greene lifts the lid on her most provocative subject yet: herself. And oh, what a pot-au-feu it is, bubbling over with piquant humor, saucy erotic adventures, and some of the most lovingly described meals in literature (at Le Pavillon, Lutece, Troisgros, Tour d'Argent, La Pyramide, Girardet, Le Bernardin). From Manhattan's snootiest boites to the gourmand shrines of France and Italy, this is the story of a woman who invented a fabulous career out of dining on someone else's dollar.

With her passion for fine food, her nose for hypocrisy and social humbug, and, above all, her appetite for love and life, Greene traces her rise from a Velveeta cocoon in the Midwest to journalist wannabe, to powerful critic of New York magazine. What timing: to be un grand fromage in the world of food, just when eating well was becoming a national obsession. Love and food, foreplay and fork play, haute cuisine and social history; all become inextricably linked as the author embarks on what seemed, at times to her, a frivolous quest to satisfy insatiable hunger.

Until the specter of hunger on her own street engaged her energy and Citymeals-on-Wheels emerged. Along the way there are intimate portraits of the culinary icons of our time and revealing dissections of New York's legendary in spots and their invisible caste systems-at The Colony, Elaine's, La Grenouille, 21, Le Cirque, Odeon, and Balthazar.

Earthy and delicious but also penetrating and astute, Greene's memoir deserves a prominent place on the shelf of gastronomic classics.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bethany | 2/9/2014

    " this was a fun audibook to listen to - ms greene had sex with elvis, burt reynolds and clint eastwood!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Peggy Halm | 1/28/2014

    " Can you spell narcissist? This book by a long-time food editor and apparently self-professed sex goddess was three times longer than it needed to be and would probably only be interesting to New York foodies who lived there during her reign. I kept reading it long after losing interest because surely if you read long enough, someone so self-absorbed must reveal some redeeming quality - but it was not to be. Unless you enjoy constant name dropping and stories of celebrities she bedded (Elvis, Clint, & Burt), don't waste your time. That said, I plan to try one of the recipes - a Mushroom tart - she listed - none of the others were interesting to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 1/19/2014

    " This fun memoir made me hungry and horny all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/6/2014

    " Yet another book by a food critic that wasn't all that focused on food criticism. Gael Greene helped to change the way people perceive, read about and enjoy food and it was fun to read about her life through the years (especially after watching her on Top Chef Masters recently). "

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