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It Must've Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten
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May 24, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: to-read
Read in September, 2007

I'm still working on this, maybe, even though I've put it aside for now.

The intro was smart and funny and hooked me. He's much more adorable in writing than when I've seen him talking. Reading on, the cute continues, along with a lot of well-researched information. It's easy to become intoxicated with his giddy obsessions. Unfortunately, there's something lost with time. These pieces were written in the late '80s and early '90s, and could stand a new edition to update what is really compelling data about food and dining. What does X cost now? Is Y still an issue? How has Z changed in the last 20 years?

Finally, though some of the sidebars are illustrious and potentially useful (like some recipes that he's developed for a particular piece), many are unnecessary and distracting.

It sounds like I don't like it much, but I really think it is a lot of fun!
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