Endless Feasts by Ruth Reichl

Endless Feasts

Presents a compilation of food and travel essays from the pages of Gourmet magazine by such authors as M.F.K. Fisher, Ruth Harness, Anita Loos, James Beard, and Madhur Jaffrey.

Details Endless Feasts

TitleEndless Feasts
Release DateApr 2nd, 2002
PublisherRandom House USA Inc
GenreFood and Drink, Food, Nonfiction, Writing, Essays, Food Writing, Cooking, Travel, Short Stories

Reviews Endless Feasts

  • Molly
    This compilation of essays from Gourmet Magazine took me a long time to get through. Some essays were visionary expositions on food, its creation, and its impacts on people and relationships. Others were dull rehearsals of the lives of egomaniacal gourmands whose gluttinous corpulence and dandyish ways made my skin crawl. Very uneven.
  • Elizabeth
    What a terrific collection of stories. The level of writing is superb and makes me long for the days where our writing level needn't cow-tow to the 6th grade reading level currently prescribed to. Makes me hungry the whole time I'm reading it and longing for adventures.
  • Prestoni
    Definitely a book to dip into occasionally. There a reviews, stories, experiences and recipes all carefully laid out for the reader. Some pretentious irritating lectures from people who appear to be needing validation for their use of big words and seemingly superior knowledge of wines (For example).Others wonderful tales of adventures had that make you want to follow in their footsteps.Recipes to try and writers who's words inspire you to find m...
  • ruereads
    60 years of food writing — in a golden compilation capturing food publication Gourmet’s most deliciously epic moments. I have this book to thank for a (rather delayed, I know) introduction to the absolutely wonderful, legendary food writer who is MFK Fisher. So. Many. Good. Lines! That the stories span from the 50s all the way up to the millennium is also captivating, especially when you realise that what food was to people then is still very...
  • Susan
    This is a mixed bag. I picked it after leaving Reichl's Tender at the Bone unfinished finding that book both pretentious and boring. After the first two essays in Endless Feast I thought -- ack! -- more of the same until I started to skip around and read the essays out of order. I was surprised to see E. Annie Proulx, Ray Bradbury, and Pat Conroy in the table of contents. All three provided excellent stories. I rather enjoyed Robert P. Coffin's D...
  • Anna
    I didn't read every selection, but here are those that I feel are worth recommending:"Mexican Mornings" and "In a Tibetan Lamasery" by Ruth Harkness, "The Garlic War" by E. Annie Proulx, "Dining Alone" by Mary Cantwell, the profile of M.F.K Fisher (though not MFK's contribution, strangely) by Elizabeth Hawes, and "I, Bon Vivant, Who, Me?" by George Plimpton.Most are short, just a few pages, and get you thinking about the world around you.
  • Kimberly Nichols
    Excellent and entertaining albeit older essays on food. Great pieces by and about my hero MFK Fisher. Lovely essay on lumberjack breakfasts. Great survey of Indian bread throughout the Southwest. So much diversity of the writing. And some neat biographical articles of which I learned James Beard was a singer prior to a famed foodie. Really great book for food lovers. Breadth and depth of subjects.
  • Kim
    I love this book for it's variety of stories and mouth-watering descriptions that make food such a wonderful universal topic for connection. Still reading about the life of James Beard which is interesting but I have to say I'm more of a Julia Child fan and I'm disappointed they don't have an article on her. Now I'm interested in reading more in the Modern Library food series.
  • Sharon
    This is one of those little treasures just sitting on the library shelf, waiting to be read. Wonderful articles by a variety of authors, previously printed in Gourmet Magazine.A delicious collection. It's like a food writer's buffet; something for everyone. Take your time reading and savor the articles.
  • Tuck
    excerpts form gourmet magazine form lots of heavy hitters of foodie world, many of them groudbreakers and frontliners trying to change for the better foodways in usa. lots of recipes. quite a bit of hyperbole. but a good reference.
  • Rebecca
    I had to give up on this book, other than reading about James Beard, I did not really enjoy many of the other essays that I read. I read perhaps half and turned it back into the library for the Paris version of Gourmet's Sixty Years of Writing.
  • Anne
    This was an interesting glimpse at travel, food, drink, and more food from the first sixty years of Gourmet magazine. If you're nostalgic for the days when sushi was still italicized, this is the book for you.
  • Susan
    Some essays were much better than others. I especially liked the first section that read more like a travelogue. Some of the others told me way more than I ever want to know about people like James Beard.
  • May-Ling
    i had to stop this one, because it just wasn't that interesting to me after reading about 5 of the stories. maybe if i had read this one in the wintertime instead of summer with its distractions, i might have plowed through the whole thing.
  • Eve
    I tried to read this a couple of times and only a few of the essays engaged me. I think maybe reading them in the magazine would be different than en masse. I ended up trying a bunch, reading a few, and ultimately deciding to pass it on to someone who might enjoy it more.
  • Catherine Woodman
    I loved this collection of essays on food collected over 60 years--some classic chefs, some great stories, and well worht reading.
  • Mckinley
    Good sample covering much of the 20th century. Thought I'd like it a bit more since it combines travel and food. However, many essays didn't do a 'great' job of both or either.
  • Mamama
    Great to pick up and put down for a while. Read ANY selection of these great stories from Gourmet Magazine's 60 years.
  • BeckyT
    Best of the collection: Robert Coffin's essays about Maine and Laurie Colwin's "A Harried Cook's Guide to Some Fast Food."
  • Virginia
    Just what it says it is and some of the article were interesting, others not so.
  • Joannmullis
    A few of my favorite people contributed to this book edited by Ruth Reichl. Anecdotes and recipes.
  • Kim
    This can be taken one chapter at a time, I believe it is a collection of her columns.Some of them I would like to read out loud matching the theme to the tastes of those gathered around.
  • S.
    I expected to love this but I found it hard to get into. I gave up 3/4 of the way through. Maybe someday I'll pick it up again.
  • Anna
    Loved the flavor reminisces of food writers and the interesting biographical essays on James Beard.
  • Alyce
    A really fun read- especially the pieces from MFK Fisher, James Beard, Ray Bradbury, and the truly sexist Robert Coffin. In the wake of Gourmet's demise, I relish these tidbits more than ever.