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Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R.W. Apple, Jr.

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Includes more than fifty essays that recount extraordinary meals and little-known facts, of some of the world's most excellent foods - from the origin of an ingredient in a dish, to its history, to the vivid personalities - including the author's wife - who cook, serve and eat those dishes. ...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Johnny Apple’s essays have to be the ultimate chairside or bedside reading for foodies. No one should sit down and plow through this whole book. The essays should be savored one at a time, and I love having a nice read with a glass of wine when the day is winding down.

It helps that Apple is a fabulous wordsmith. Also that he has a discerning palate. Some of the essays are about expensive restaurants, others about down home foods like cheesesteak and bratwurst. But my favorites are the ones which
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Sunshine in a can, sanity in a can, salvation in a can”, Apple describes the magical moment when first eating a San Marzano tomato.

Johnny viewed food as an insight to the people, culture and its history. Apple’s passion to discover the origin of his meal’s main ingredient led him to eagerly investigate the history for items such as: marmalade, walleye, morels, rye bread, Armagnac, and Dover sole.

“Far Flung and Well Fed” is fittingly titled as Johnny’s food excursions covered the United States
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
especially during a time of shelter in place, this book helped transport me to destined places and desired locations. I think about 1/2way through, it became a bit hard to push through bc it was a new experience of reading numerous food essays but for every new essay I started, I was glad for it after a page in. I especially enjoyed the historical elements to learning how and why certain cuisines or drinks originated, who was thriving and who was new to market when the essays were written. did n ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best food writing I’ve read in years. Comparable to AJ Liebling’s best food adventures as well. Apple was a legendary correspondent with an even more legendary expense account and love for food, and these essays taken from his NY Times articles are educational, enlightening, amusing, and will cause absolutely ravenous hunger. It’s not wise to read this on an empty stomach, and you’ll also want to immediately travel to these cities and countries Apple visited, to follow in his footste ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, food, essays
What a great read if you’re a foodie. And even if not. Love his writing. You can tell he is a true lover of food and people.
Some reviews said this wasn’t a book to be read straight through. Just in bits. Choosing certain sections and then picking it up again later. BUT since this is 2020 I was very happy to read it straight through. Although when my husband was within listening distance I’d read ones I knew he’d like out loud.
Thoroughly enjoyable even though all was written 10+ years ago. Havi
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The discerning Apple is a wonderful writer. He takes you on a culinary tour around the globe and is unabashedly snobby whole describing every single spice and ingredient until your mouth waters. I loved it.
Jul 11, 2019 added it
I had difficulty finding connection to a lot of these essays. They felt dated even though most were around 20 years old.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of RW " Johnny" Apple's articles that ran in the NYT in the early 2000's. Each chapter is a stand alone article, and the articles are grouped by geographic region (Europe, Southeast Asia, U.S., etc.)

Johnny was a bon vivant in every sense. He attacked his food, his wine, his travel, his writing with gusto and joy. I'm sure his style isn't to everyone's liking, but I personally enjoyed traveling with him through his stories, reading about his culinary adventures with his wife
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
I wish I could put down books I don't like without finishing them. Never could...always waiting for the page when it gets better, then good.

Well-marketed to the point it was hard to find, this is a collection of the food articles written by R.W. Apple, the well respected Times food writer. Maybe they are better read one at a time, once a week. But altogether, a frustrating read. Each starts with a short intro - and then reads like a menu...and then we ate this and this and this and saw this and
Oct 06, 2012 added it
Shelves: food, didn-t-finish
As much as anything, my schedule can affect my enthusiasm for a book. This book was probably a casualty of my schedule. I've been busy at work, and I have been tired when I get home. Therefore, I only read for a few minutes before falling asleep. Anyway, this book gave mucho info regarding restaurants in certain area, and he talked about the good food they had. Unfortunately for me, I don't live in or often travel to those places. So, this book fell flat for me. It was informative about these re ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't even know how to rate it, because I read so little of it. Super skimmed doesn't even apply. I did read the first two essays and they weren't bad at all. But I wasn't seduced, I've got lots of books to read, my attention wandered, and that's that.

Good to know about him, that he existed, and his legacy.
I really enjoyed these pieces on food and places all around the world. Some are eating tours of a place, others focus on the history and current state of particular foods/drinks, such as buffalo milk mozzarella, whiskey, or pho. He's an excellent writer, an enthusiastic eater, and a lover of people, history, and travel. ...more
Rachel Rogers
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just the right tone for both travel writing and food writing. He's enthusiastic about everything, but still honest, never cutting. I'll definitely have to track down the other 2 books of compilations of his essays. Not all of the essays really interested me but each was well-written, interesting, and optimistic in tone. ...more
Marjorie Elwood
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found this really dragged. It seemed more a list of restaurants than an interesting description of food, and could definitely have used more recipes. I'm accustomed to more entertaining food writing and this wasn't, particularly. ...more
Dec 19, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: just-for-fun
I heard about this book on NPR. The author's wife is a gem. It has been a fun read so far. I put it on my kindle for my phone so I could read it while I am waiting for kids. It never ceases to wet my appetite. ...more
Susan Zinner
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Light, enjoyable and easy to read; combines two of my favorite things: food and travel. I was gratified that the bouchon we eat at on a trip to Lyon, France last week was listed as a place to visit! Easy reading...
Frank O'Mahony
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Not a good book if you're on a diet. ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Had to return to the library- only got 1/4 way through, but loved the descriptions of his food travels. Will have to check out again.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Extremely disappointing. Perhaps it's better to retain a fond memory of his Times articles... ...more
Jul 10, 2010 added it
terrific...what a sophisticated writer, lover of food, and traveller......
Julie Ellis
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Reader beware: this book will make you want to travel and eat! I just love a book that opens with harvesting soft shell crabs in the Rappahannock River in Virginia!
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