Synopses & Reviews
As Gourmet magazine celebrates its sixtieth anniversary, Modern Library Food series editor and bestselling author Ruth Reichl has compiled an enchanting compendium of food and travel essays from the magazine’s extensive archives. Spanning time and place, the writers showcased in Endless Feasts share their memories of exquisite meals and experiences in far-flung locales. Featured are essays such as M.F.K. Fisher’s marvelous “Three Swiss Inns,” about three exceptional restaurants she encountered while traveling through Switzerland. In the most out-of-the-way gasthaus, she finds trout swimming in a seemingly decorative tank, but in the flash of an eye the fish are scooped up in a net and carted off to the kitchen, to appear minutes later cooked to such delicate lightness and tender perfection that one could never hope to duplicate it. Ruth Harkness’s “In a Tibetan Lamasery” is the story of her travels as a single woman exploring Tibet during the Second World War. She describes her crumbling accommodations, the unusual animals caught by hunters, and the estimated ten thousand dollars’ worth of rare pheasants she ate during one winter.
Complete with a new Introduction by Reichl and a sampling of original recipes, this savory collection contains essays by Anita Loos, James Beard, Madhur Jaffrey, Robert P. Coffin, Laurie Colwin, and many others. Sure to become a classic, Endless Feasts is comprised of beautifully rendered stories and descriptions of wonderful food in the most interesting and unlikely places.
Contributors to Endless Feasts include:
James Beard / Cooking with James Beard: Pasta
Ray Bradbury / Dandelion Wine
Robert P. Coffin / Night of Lobster
Laurie Colwin / A Harried Cook’s Guide to Some Fast Food
Pat Conroy / The Romance of Umbria
Elizabeth David / Edouard de Pomiane
M.F.K. Fisher / Three Swiss Inns
Ruth Harkness / In a Tibetan Lamasery
Madhur Jaffrey / An Indian Reminiscence
Anita Loos / Cocktail Parties of the Twenties
George Plimpton / I, Bon Vivant, Who, Me?
E. Annie Proulx / The Garlic War
Claudia Roden / The Arabian Picnic
Jane and Michael Stern / Two for the Road: Havana, North Dakota
Paul Theroux / All Aboard! Crossing the Rockies in Style
About the Author
Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet and the author of the bestselling Tender at the Bone, a James Beard Award finalist. She has been the restaurant critic at The New York Times and the food editor and restaurant critic as the Los Angeles Times. Reichl lives in New York City.