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Life Is Meals by James Salter
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Nov 26, 07

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

It was the illustrator of Life is Meals that led me to the book. I'm a big fan of the watercolor work of Fabrice Moireau, who's illustrated several gorgeous sketchbooks of major cities, various regions of France, and other exotic locations. In this book, Moireau seems to have had his hands tied a bit. The illustrations are small---little, precise cameos scattered through the text. Still, I love anything Moireau does and this book is no exception. I had not read James Salter before and I'm very glad to have been introduced to his crisp, clear writing. I started reading this book in the normal way, page after page. I now dip into it from time to time, to see what Salter has to say on any given day. (Today's entry is on the illustrious chef Auguste Escoffier.) This is a delightful book-- always informative, often witty, well written, and beautifully, if sparsely and quietly, illustrated.
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