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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