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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Calvin Trillin Narrator: Calvin Trillin Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN: 9781598872262
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What Calvin Trillin likes to write about is eating rather than food. Known to his fans as a “happy eater,” he is also a highly-respected journalist and a nimble humorist. It is this unique combination of talents that makes The Tummy Trilogy such a wonderfully entertaining collection. It includes American Fried; Alice, Let’s Eat; and Third Helpings.

In the 1970s, when Trillin was writing the American Journal feature for the New Yorker, he spent a great deal of time on the road, diligently questing after the best cooking in every city, town, and village he passed through. When approaching local people, his technique was simple, and simply brilliant: “Don’t take me to the place you took your parents on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary; take me to the place you went the night you came home after fourteen months in Korea.” With this kind of attitude, whether he is writing about taking his own multi-course picnic on a no-frills flight to Miami, describing the perils of post eating, indulging in the pleasures of pigging-out in Hong Kong, or giving us the definitive history of the origin of the Buffalo chicken wing, the results are marvelously funny and will be a very special treat for people who love eating and relish good prose.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/18/2014

    " I'm really enjoying this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/10/2014

    " A bit repetitive in its entirety. I prefer Alice Let's Eat standing on its own,I think. But Trillan's love of food, Alice, and adventure is endearing and he still manages to make me laugh on every page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schmerica | 2/10/2014

    " Utterly fantastic. In retrospect, I should have been prepared for how incredibly freaking hungry it made me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L Greyfort | 2/8/2014

    " "Alice, Let's Eat" was probably my firsy foray into food-travelogue, and I was hooked from page one. Trillin's humor, as well as his very amiable depiction of his relationship with his wife Alice, and two daughters, make the 3 books in this combined volume an endless joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/1/2014

    " A great series of essays about food, but less a critique of it and more experiences of eating it. His writing style is great and funny. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/28/2014

    " While this book is entertaining most of the time, it is redundant. Nice book to have to read snippets between something else. All at once is too much talk about fried chicken and BBQ. There are some funny lines, though. For example, he talks about eating standing up at a certain dive restaurant, and says something like, "When I eat standing up anywhere but home, I miss the cool breeze from the refrigerator." "

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

    " Amazing, hilarious, mouth-watering, and tender. I'm in love with Trillin. I spread reading this book out over about four months so as to cherish each bit of it, and now all I have left is "About Alice," which is so short I might only be able to read a page a week. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 1/13/2014

    " The last part was the weakest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vick | 1/9/2014

    " Made me laugh out loud. Often. One of the highest recommendations I can give. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelasher | 1/6/2014

    " best book about eating ever (and funniest) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HappyReader | 11/11/2013

    " Gift from a friend, and a new favorite writer on a favorite subject, food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 11/3/2013

    " So far so good, who doesn't like a snarky guy talking about good food? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Kruskal | 10/24/2013

    " Hilarious and charming writing about food-NOT as a producer/cook (No recipes here) but as an avid consumer. Trillin is interested in humble good food, not the elevated world of fancy French restaurants like La Casa de la Maison House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JulieK | 8/25/2013

    " Calvin Trillin cracks me up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 8/17/2013

    " Very entertaining - not a bad substitute for eating =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 4/25/2013

    " Trillin has an amazing enthusiasm for writing about food. He can make the most mundane meal seem like a feast for the gods. This book is fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 10/17/2012

    " The idea read for an eater bound for Paris - which I was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 9/28/2012

    " it's supposed to be his 3 books put into 1 big one. there's really nothing all that different from 1 book to the next, and each chapter really doesn't have much to do with the next. it's really just short stories and not edited very well either... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/20/2012

    " As my new Thanksgiving tradition I plan to read Calvin Trillin's story of the first Thanksgiving. I support his campaign to replace turkey with spaghetti carbonara. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 7/31/2012

    " i actually haven't finished this book. i put it aside b/c i was worried i'd finish it too quickly and wanted to savor it a bit longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 4/25/2012

    " LMAO! Trillin just kills me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 3/27/2012

    " Calvin Trillin is all about barbecue, the glories of one's hometown restaurants, and giving "health food" a bad name, (plus he writes with a wit comparable to James Thurber) and all of that is just fine with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2012

    " scrumptiously fun. This is actually three of his books in one, so by the middle of book two, the gluttony gets a little old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/4/2011

    " This was the second time I've read this, it was funnier and made me hungrier than the first. I now am a little bit closer to being a food elitist "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 8/4/2011

    " we named our cats after a bon mot from this wonderful collection of Trillin's food writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ira | 5/27/2011

    " Best Books About Food Ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie Chen | 4/30/2011

    " i heart calvin trillin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/12/2011

    " Trillin is great. The book holds up amazingly well. Trillin predicted/anticipated a lot of food trends. I wonder if it would be possible to write about regional food in such detail today, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/29/2010

    " I bought this book for my dad as a birthday present. As for it being redundant--it's a collection of his columns, and that redundancy keeps it coherent. It's a series of inside jokes between him and us. Great plane reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 1/21/2010

    " Only 140 pages in and it's one of my favorite books in a while. Eating essays from 30 years ago in an entertaining voice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corrie | 1/19/2010

    " Didn't love it myself, but if you are really into local food in Kansas City and NYC you'll dig it. "

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About the Author
Author Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including About Alice, Deadline Poet, Family Man, American Stories, Killings, Uncivil Liberties, and Remembering Denny, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York and eats heartily whenever he travels.