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Piccolo: Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess, by Gael Greene, Four

May 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Piccolo: Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess, by Gael Greene, One

For this Piccolo we’re reading Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess, by Gael Greene, Acknowledgements, Chapters 33-41, (pp. 202-281).

Chapter 33 starts: “Once upon a time in the dim dawn of oral history, there was no Williams-Sonoma international bazaar of kitchen and tableware in every mall, no De Gustibus famous chefs cooking classes at Macy’s, no Food Network, no chefs hotter than rock stars. James Beard taught a few classes on television in the fifties. You could buy springform pans and madeleine molds at a few high-end kitchen shops or from snarly Fred Bridge’s professional cookware hideaway. There were cooking classes of course, Dione Lucas, Grace Chu, and Helen Worth, whose method was to teach one student at a … ”

Gael Green’s Website

Our Piccolo is a quick, short, Book Group meeting at a local coffee house on Mondays, noon – 1pm. We’re meeting at Acre Coffee in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa.

The selections are from light, chatty, gossipy storytelling.

No need to RSVP. Just drop by for a piccolo.


NY Times about Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess

THIRTY years ago, in her steamy novel “Blue Skies, No Candy,” Gael Greene used the language of food to show men “what sex could feel like to a woman.” In “Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess,” her frank and funny new memoir of her life and loves and the decades she spent as New York magazine’s restaurant critic, she explains her approach to that early fiction: “I used all the senses, all the sensory words I used to describe food — the taste and smell of it, the sound and heat.” She was stunned when male critics scolded her: “I truly thought there was an audience out there ready to discover a woman’s sheer carnal joy.” Nonetheless, notoriety was her friend. When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority banned the subway ads for the novel’s paperback edition — which showed a woman undoing a man’s zipper — half a million copies sold in one week. More…

Goodreads: 3.01 · Rating Details · 532 Ratings · 127 Reviews

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4: 24% (130)
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2: 23% (126)
1: 8% (47)
67% of people liked it
All editions: 3.01 average rating, 532 ratings, 127 reviews, added by 960 people, 320 to-reads
This edition: 3.0 average rating, 475 ratings, 121 reviews, added by 852 people

Bibliographic Description of Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess

Author Greene, Gael.
Title Insatiable : tales from a life of delicious excess / Gael Greene.
Imprint New York : Warner Books, 2006.
Edition 1st ed.

Descript xiii, 368 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes index.
Summary In 1968, Gael Greene became restaurant critic of the fledgling New York magazine. She’d never written a restaurant review in her life, but she was a passionate foodie, and dining in great restaurants on someone else’s dime was too enticing to resist. Thus began a remarkable career charting the restaurants that changed the way Americans ate, the chefs who turned cooking into an art form, and the food and wines that launched a culinary revolution.–From publisher description.
Subject Greene, Gael.
Food writers — United States — Biography.
ISBN 0446576999
Standard # 9780446576994
LC CARD # 2005034429
Standard # BRO-copy20060531-153 BRO-cust20060609-153 BRO-cust20060614-153


May 15, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Slow Food Russian River Book Group


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