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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: March 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne | 1/3/2014

    " who knew Gael Greene was such a hoochie? Loved, loved, loved reading about her exploits and all the food, oh my. when she says insatiable she means it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 12/31/2013

    " I only made it half way through this book before losing interest. I thought it would be a fun foodie read and it is to some extent but there's a lot of focus on her "affairs" with celebrities. Which doesn't really interest me that much, I guess now I know that Burt Reynolds was a good lover but seriously, why would I want to know that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 12/27/2013

    " Like most memoirs, hugely self -absorbed but not without humorous moments and a couple of very cool recipes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 10/15/2013

    " Maybe I'm too young to appriciate this memoir of being a foodie from the 50's on... Way too long and self serving. Not the type of food biography I like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garryvivianne | 9/20/2013

    " This is my "go-to" book when I am out of library books. This is pretty funny. And I do like that there are actually recipes in the book. Still have yet to finish it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Schmacko | 9/18/2013

    " Hated it - couldn't finish it. Found her frustrating unaware of how selfish, amoral, and egocentric she was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 8/31/2013

    " Irretrievably self-centered in a way Greene seems to think is charming, but I simply found irritating. At times it read like a bad 7th grade biographical essay, only with way more name-dropping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Cochrane | 4/27/2013

    " Sexy and fulfilling--I can't remember why I put this book down 6 months ago. Just finished and enjoyed every delicious page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmett Kirwan | 3/3/2013

    " Good read up until the last 75 or so pages. Reads as if she didn't know how to wrap it up once she introduces her now husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/4/2012

    " I found myself, hungry, happy and loving Gael Greene after reading this. I picked this memoir up on a sale rack and had no idea who this lady was. I thought it was light, easy and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Cate | 10/5/2012

    " I have to agree w/ Jennie on this... lots of sex, eating, sex, eating. This book taught me that a life of excess isn't all that glamorous afterall! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 9/2/2012

    " A distinct writing style that echos throughout the book. Towards the end her bedroom tales get a little repetitive, however I could read another 400 pages of just her descriptions of food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/15/2012

    " Who knew that little old lady judge from Top Chef was such a tramp. You go Gael. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 6/2/2012

    " never have i craved gout inducing foods more in my life, then while i read this torrid memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layla Strohl | 5/12/2012

    " Really enjoyed it! Yes it was a little over the top but I find most of the people in the food industry, whether it be writing, managing, cooking etc., usually are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/14/2012

    " This is one I wanted to read for a long time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesa | 10/18/2011

    " Pretentious, self indulgent old bat looks back at her life and remembers how important she was to New York's culinary world. Save yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 gini | 9/10/2011

    " Give me Ruth Reichel's delightful memoirs any day. Gael Greene spends more time on her sexual exploits - really, kiss and tell? The passion of food, the crazy restaurant stories, there's the book that should have been written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Yager | 5/15/2011

    " I never knew sex was such a turn on for food. A whole new side has been opened to me though. Although I am happy not having slept with Elvis to have an association with sandwiches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Market Publique | 5/4/2011

    " Great read for someone who loves food & the restaurant scene! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 7/21/2010

    " Gawd it was a horrid book. no redeeming qualities! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/12/2010

    " Who knew that little old lady judge from Top Chef was such a tramp. You go Gael. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 6/28/2010

    " Guess what, she slept with Elvis - her claim to fame. Acutally her forays to France in the 60's-90's are fasctinating - she knew (Biblically) many of the important chefs of the time. She helped raised the foodie culture by her writing in New York Magazine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/27/2010

    " Gael Greene had a large appetite for life! Her 'dish' about the notables in the culinary world is interesting, as is her recounting of trysts with two male cinema icons, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 4/16/2010

    " fussy. finished. (with apologies to the great polly mellen). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/1/2010

    " 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). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 9/12/2009

    " Irretrievably self-centered in a way Greene seems to think is charming, but I simply found irritating. At times it read like a bad 7th grade biographical essay, only with way more name-dropping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 9/8/2009

    "
    An almost continuous roll in the hay with the food scene a seemingly second thought. Still, brought back memories of great restaurants long past. A quick read, if you have the time, or wait until next summer for a mindless beach book. "

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About the Narrator

Nancy Travis is an actress who is best known for her roles in feature films such as Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Greedy, and Fluke. She currently stars as Vanessa Baxter in the ABC television series Last Man Standing.