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Mark BittmanEvery page of this book reflects the depth of Kurlansky's eclectic knowledge, and almost every page features his wit and charm. He writes warmly and authoritatively on subjects as diverse as menudo (the Mexican tripe stew), indigenous peoples of the South Pacific and Alaska, wine, baseball, love, sex, oysters, French politics and Orangina. There is more than a touch of Lorrie Moore here. Foods and characters come and go, strange things happen, exotica abounds and despite a terrifying whiff of cannibalism, there is humor everywhere.
—The New York Times