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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (493 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Remnick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781415942826
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Since its earliest days, The New Yorker has been a tastemaker–literally. As the home of A. J. Liebling, Joseph Wechsberg, and M. F. K. Fisher, who practically invented American food writing, the magazine established a tradition that is carried forward today by irrepressible literary gastronomes including Calvin Trillin, Bill Buford, Adam Gopnik, Jane Kramer, and Anthony Bourdain. Now, in this indispensable collection, The New Yorker dishes up a feast of delicious writing on food and drink, from every age of its fabled eighty-year history. There are memoirs, short stories, tell-alls, and poems–ranging in tone from sweet to sour and in subject from soup to nuts.

M. F. K. Fisher pays homage to “cookery witches,” those mysterious cooks who possess “an uncanny power over food,” while John McPhee valiantly trails an inveterate forager and is rewarded with stewed persimmons and white-pine-needle tea. There is Roald Dahl’s famous story “Taste,” in which a wine snob’s palate comes in for some unwelcome scrutiny, and Julian Barnes’s ingenious tale of a lifelong gourmand who goes on a very peculiar diet for still more peculiar reasons. Adam Gopnik asks if French cuisine is done for, and Calvin Trillin investigates whether people can actually taste the difference between red wine and white. We journey with Susan Orlean as she distills the essence of Cuba in the story of a single restaurant, and with Judith Thurman as she investigates the arcane practices of Japan’s tofu masters. Closer to home, Joseph Mitchell celebrates the old New York tradition of the beefsteak dinner, and Mark Singer shadows the city’s foremost fisherman-chef. Selected from the magazine’s plentiful larder, SECRET INGREDIENTS celebrates all forms of gustatory delight.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/9/2014

    " Hey, if you like food, like to cook, or just like to read about both this is an entertaining book. Some older articles are in here, but they are still good to read. It's an easy pick up, put down book. Great bedside reading, though watch out, you might get out of bed for a snack! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/25/2014

    " Unfortunately, I just couldn't plow through the dense collection. I'm sure there is some great writing about food in here -- after all, it's a collection from the pages of the New Yorker. I suspect it had more to do with my lack of time than a true lack of value in the book itself, and I think this is a failed read I'll come back to later when I have more time to explore the variety of essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz V | 1/25/2014

    " As always, The New Yorker fills us up with good things. Esecially love Trillin and Bourdain at his snarkiest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/25/2014

    " Started out slow, picked up pace with exciting and interesting articles, then kinda fizzled out at the end. Loved the articles which explored interesting and unheard of delicacies. Even enjoyed articles about food processes I knew very little about, ie; cheese nun, the art of tofu. Also, very much enjoyed the Julia Childs article/bio, but overall found the entire collection together to be lacking. I find the New Yorker always has such interesting food-related articles, that it was kind of a let-down when a collection of said-related articles did not provide as great reading. Perhaps some of teh writing was outdated, and could not keep me as enthused to read about soem French bistro in the 1920s... (no that can't be it, 'cause the Dorothy Parker article was one of my favorites). Hard to explain what I found lacking. Recommend subscribing to New Yorker and looking up current issues articles regarding food/restaurants/booze/and food. Perhaps a good bedside-table book, to open and read an article, put away, move on to the next great literary treat, repeat... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/18/2014

    " Wonderful essays, short stories, from 1920's to now. some very funny, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 1/17/2014

    " A perfect book to pick up and read a chapter a night. Love the food stories and food facts from the varied authors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 1/16/2014

    " I should have known this wouldn't be to my style, as I don't lke the New Yorker. I left this one after three discs into it. I love food writing but most of these essays were too wordy and foodie for me. If you are also a person less interested in accounts of the restaurants of the 1920's and 1930's in France than in good entertaining writing about food, check out Ruth Reichl's books, Anthony Bourdain's A Chef's Tour, Julia Child's My Life In France, or Julie and Julia - all of which were great reads! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Schwartz | 1/15/2014

    " If it weren't for the inclusion of essays dating back nearly 100 years, this would be total foodie fluff. Thoroughly enjoyable foodie fluff, of course, but still . . . But some of the older essays give this a little more substance, and of course, the fact that it's a series of magazine articles mean that you can read a bit here, a bit there, in any order you want, when you're in the mood for this sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 1/14/2014

    " Good book to pick up read an article, put down and pick it up again. All and all a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 1/12/2014

    " I love reading 2-3 of these between novels. Funny how the different "foodies" over time show up in eachother's articles ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 12/31/2013

    " My husband (who is a chef) and I are reading this to one another and eating it up story by story. It is inspiring him and making me hungry. Good combo right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn | 12/29/2013

    " I am currently reading a chapter or two a day... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 12/10/2013

    " Keeping to the high standards of The New Yorker Magazine, these essays and a smattering of food related cartoons for spice will have you smiling, chuckling, and guffawing. Wonderful collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney Archibald | 12/2/2013

    " I had to return this to the library before I finished it, but I enjoyed most of the essays I read. I'll probably pick it up again sometime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Rucker | 11/26/2013

    " Most of them are great, but anything by Dorothy Parker or Calvin Trillin makes me pee my pants "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mahria | 11/22/2013

    " Cheese nun! Raw cheese forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 11/18/2013

    " I liked it for the reasons that I did and hated it for reasons similar. Food writing is stupid, but so is everything else. Woody Allen's piece is very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Ryan | 11/7/2013

    " Lots of great reading - a collection of New Yorker articles ranging over many topics and eras. Tremendously enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 6/20/2013

    " I read this book in my foodie lit class. Loved it. Highly recommend it for foodies! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 4/26/2013

    " A feast for the mind to be nibbled or devoured! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 4/26/2013

    " Delightfully snooty; the combination of New Yorker + cooking will always brighten my day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 2/18/2013

    " Entertaining, but definitely not something to look forward to before bed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/23/2012

    " This book has been an amazing read! It's a HUGE collection of articles and there've only been a few that I didn't find totally worth reading. Glad I bought it on my kindle b/c the paperback edition looks heavy! Am almost done w/it and am feeling sad that it'll be over soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 10/31/2012

    " A collection of New York writings and cartoons about food and drink. An appetizing browse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/14/2012

    " If you can get past the first few chapters written by annoying Francophiles, the rest of the compilation is a great read. The variety of writing is worth the time with some truly compelling works combined with some really creative ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot Jennifer | 4/11/2012

    " Fun read for a wannabe foodie (me). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 12/30/2011

    " A little bit of everything from serious culinary journalism to goofy humor. There are a few hairs in the soup that kept me from giving it five stars, but it's very tasty overall and the spectacular selection of short stories as the "dessert course" are worth the cover price by themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Sanderman | 8/19/2011

    " This collection of food writing from "The New Yorker" covers the decades from the 1930s to the 2000s. It features fiction and non-fiction, from authors both famous (Anthony Bourdain, M.F.K. Fisher, Dorothy Parker) and non-famous. I had no idea that just reading about food could be so enthralling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2011

    " Once I got past the first section, which had a terrible pox of italics, all was well (despite what appears to be a significant overrepresentation of seafood). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2011

    " a lovely romp thru the new yorkers collection of columns about food. i love the magazine and enjoyed this collection "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 3/5/2011

    " A collection of New York writings and cartoons about food and drink. An appetizing browse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 2/14/2011

    " Good book to pick up read an article, put down and pick it up again. All and all a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 1/24/2011

    " Keeping to the high standards of The New Yorker Magazine, these essays and a smattering of food related cartoons for spice will have you smiling, chuckling, and guffawing. Wonderful collection.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/11/2011

    " A feast for the mind to be nibbled or devoured! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 12/30/2010

    " I had to return this to the library before I finished it, but I enjoyed most of the essays I read. I'll probably pick it up again sometime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/22/2010

    " If you can get past the first few chapters written by annoying Francophiles, the rest of the compilation is a great read. The variety of writing is worth the time with some truly compelling works combined with some really creative ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 9/27/2010

    " I liked it for the reasons that I did and hated it for reasons similar. Food writing is stupid, but so is everything else. Woody Allen's piece is very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 4/2/2010

    " Liked everything but the fiction. How does the New Yorker's fiction manage to infuriate me so much? "

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About the Author
Author David Remnick

David Remnick is the editor of the New Yorker. He began his career as a sportswriter for the Washington Post and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for Lenin’s Tomb. He is also the author of Resurrection and The Devil Problem and Other True Stories, a collection of essays. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.