Synopses & Reviews
Linda Ellerbee's first two books were instant classics: And So It Goes
, a hilarious, unblinking look at television journalism that spent months as a bestseller; and Move On
, a wry, intimate look at a woman in her time that became a milestone in autobiographical writing. Now she takes us both farther afield and closer to home in a memoir of travel, food, and personal (mis)adventure that brims with warmth, wit, uncommon honesty, inspired storytelling...and a few recipes as well.
In Vietnam, preconceptions collide with the soup....In France, lust flares with the pbti and dies with the dessert....In Bolivia, a very young missionary finds her food flavored with hypocrisy...while at the bottom of the Grand Canyon an older woman discovers gorp is good, fear is your friend, and Thai chicken tastes best when you're soaked by rain and the Colorado River.
From Italy to Afghanistan, from Mexico to Massachusetts, Ellerbee leads us on a journey of revelation, humor, and heart. "What can you say about Linda Ellerbee?" Ted Koppel once wrote. "The woman is raucous and irreverent and writes like a dream." Take Big Bites proves it again.
"Claiming to be neither food writer nor chef, longtime TV newswoman Ellerbee calls herself 'a recovering journalist who's traveled and eaten her way around the planet and lived to tell some tales.' She fantasizes about doing something she thinks is unattainable, namely, writing for food and travel magazines ('Imagine being paid to eat, travel and write about that, instead of the bombing down the block'). But she does better than that, writing a witty, easy-to-read book about food that's also a blend of autobiography, travelogue and self-help. While weaving interesting yarns about visits to such places as the Appalachian Trail, Bolivia and Vietnam, Ellerbee makes both humorous and poignant observations about ethnic food ('ph [Vietnam's national breakfast dish] beats the devil out of a bowl of Wheaties'); the task of trying to age gracefully; her relationships with friends and family; and the motley strangers she's met in her travels. Ellerbee also modestly admits to rarely eating in three-star restaurants and proceeds to describe a dish at one: 'a little thingy of fried potato topped with a doodle of mashed potato and a dabble of olives and dried tuna roe.... Does this description sufficiently explain why I'm not a food critic?' As an extra bonus for foodies, each chapter ends with a relevant recipe or two. Agent, Mel Berger at William Morris. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The celebrated journalist, producer, and bestselling author takes readers on a remarkable culinary journey through "a life lived interestingly, if not especially intelligently."
About the Author
A veteran of NBC, CBS, and ABC, Linda Ellerbee now runs Lucky Duck Productions, which produces a wide variety of programs all across the television spectrum but is best known for its highly praised, multi-award-winning Nick News series and topical children's specials for Nickelodeon.