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Insatiable by Gael Greene
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Sep 11, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: foodie-books

I suppose it's best to think of this book as a period piece from the days of the sexual revolution and only incidentally the food revolution.

I enjoyed Greene's breezy writing style and tales of the changing influences on and of fine dining in America. I also enjoyed her recounting her sexual escapades - at first. Then they became tiresome and I found myself wondering if there was anyone she hadn't slept with. The Pope, maybe? At some point, the name-dropping became self-parodying.

One thing I did get out of her book - a reminder of one reason that it's great to live in Seattle. While we may not be overrun with temples of gastronomy, it's nice to know that you don't need to be a celebrity, a media executive or a Wall Street mogul to get into the best restaurants in town.
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