COOKING & FOOD

The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony

Ecco: HarperCollins. Nov. 2019. 272p. ISBN 9780062293541. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062293565. COOKING
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Platt is a former travel writer and current contributing editor and restaurant critic for New York magazine and its food blog, Grub Street. In his first book, Platt builds on his New York pieces, offering new insights into the world of New York City dining, the changing state of food culture, and his family. Musing on his early career as a restaurant critic, Platt provides a glimpse into foodie culture before it became mainstream. Interwoven with these professional experiences are personal stories about being the son of a diplomat and father to two adopted daughters. Platt also shares his mostly unsuccessful forays into dieting and trying to lose weight, a challenge for someone in his line of work. Throughout, Platt comes across as someone with a deep respect for good food and the people who make it.
VERDICT Recommended for readers interested in the changing roles of food critics and the evolving nature of food writing in the digital age.

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