The Reporter's Kitchen by Jane Kramer

The Reporter's Kitchen

Jane Kramer started cooking when she started writing. Her first dish, a tinned-tuna curry, was assembled on a tiny stove in her graduate student apartment while she pondered her first writing assignment. From there, whether her travels took her to a tent settlement in the Sahara for an afternoon interview with an old Berber woman toiling over goat stew, or to the great London restaurateur and author Yotam Ottolenghi's Notting Hill apartment, wher...

Details The Reporter's Kitchen

TitleThe Reporter's Kitchen
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreWriting, Essays, Food and Drink, Food, Nonfiction, Food Writing, Autobiography, Memoir, Cookbooks, Biography, Travel

Reviews The Reporter's Kitchen

  • Leigh Kramer
    I'm not sure I'd read any of Jane Kramer's articles before reading this book but I love food memoirs and I figured someone who writes for the New Yorker was worth gambling on. It was an uneven reading experience. I greatly enjoyed her chef profiles, particularly the one on Yotam Ottolenghi, and I loved her essay contrasting the lack of storage in her NYC kitchen and the roomy spaciousness of her kitchen in Italy. I haven't spent much time conside...
  • Sue
    Essays from Jane Kramer's life as a writer and reporter, focused on food. They were interesting, but a lot of the food was way over my head, and it was definitely for an audience better educated in the high end of food, restaurants, and restaurant culture.
  • Maggie
    I'd like to hang out in Jane's kitchen; this book is next best.
  • Martha
    I'd rate this collection of essays as 3.5 but there were plenty of essays (especially those that profiled a handful of world-renowned chefs) that I would have rated 4 individually. I think the profiles worked best because Kramer's writing could revolve around the chefs. When the subject was broader, whether about one's love of cookbooks or celebrations, the writing felt unfocused. There were plenty of interesting bits, but since things jumped aro...
  • Janet
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I decidedly did like the description of the book but I found her essays to be all over the face and confusing at times....sorry, not my cup of tea.
  • Susan
    I was annoyed by the second page. The author makes a joke about her daughter calling her "the Fürher" in the kitchen. Aren't we sophisticated showing that we can use umlauts? Well, the word is Führer, not Fürher! A simple Google search on Hitler would have pulled up about a million examples of the correct spelling. So I took a deep breath and went past it. And then started to feel hyper and manic as I was reading. I was baffled but then realiz...
  • Monica
    Jane Kramer’s articles in the New Yorker have, over the years, provided a wide ranging and nuanced picture of European society and politics, with some unforgettable portraits in the process. And then there is her article in July of last year which is the best account ever of why I am so smitten with Bernie Gunther. as soon as this book hit the stands, I ran to my nearest book store, brought it home, an...
  • Krissy
    I read a lot of culinary-related books. I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. It reminded me somewhat of Ruth Reichl's books, of which I am a big fan. This book is a collection of Jane Kramer's previously-published articles from The New Yorker. Many were about her life in her home New York state, and her home in Umbria, Italy. She references a lot of the same people in her articles, particularly Yotam Ottolenghi, and to a lesser e...
  • Emma Hoggard
    You know those books that, while browsing the shelves of a library or book store, you see and know immediately, before even opening the front cover, that you will love. There’s just something about the cover or the title that speaks to you. Possibly it’s because you recognize something of another book you’ve already read and learned to love hiding within its pages.This was one of those books. I was in my school’s library, browsing the new...
  • Alicia Roberts
    Reading about Jane Kramer's passion in the kitchen was a delight. Her essays - a collection of the occasional "breaks" she got from covering European politics for The New Yorker - teach and entertain ... and make you want to shop for an amazing meal at home.
  • Vari Robinson
    While some of the info was really interesting in terms of the history of food, different cultural connotations with food, etc., there were also times where I felt the author made inappropriate sexist comments or rude comments regarding certain individuals.
  • Honor Kennedy
    This book is about the essence of the spirit and experiences that influence one to become a chef. If you enjoy the Mind of a Chef or Anthony Bourdain's gastromic adventures, you will enjoy this series of essays.
  • Rogue Reader
    The author's New Yorker columns beginning in 1964. Somewhat self-indulgent, but with the breadth of travel and experience, it's hard to begrudge the tone.
  • Rach
    3.5 stars