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Posted September 7, 2011
Bob Morris calls his new book Gut Check: Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Wretched Excess. I call it the most delicious four-course meal I've had in a long, long time. It's about food, for sure. Sticking with the metaphor that would be the first course. Picture that huge, old dining room table your grandma had that she reserved for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and visitors from up North. Now imagine it spread from end to end with the mouth-watering, unusual, and sometimes down right weird dishes Bob serves up. Things like black beans and dirty rice, conch fritters and fried Grouper sandwiches sitting right next to swamp cabbage, dried, salted jellyfish and something called goober-rigs. And for those who need to wet their palates, there's Florida whiskey. Really! The second course is right there sitting at grandma's table. They're the people who helped Bob put the menu together. You'll find his book is about relationships just as much as it is food. An inside look at how friends, and the not so friendly can affect our taste buds and our lives. And they are also part of the third course of this meal. For they hail from as many places as the dishes we get a taste of from Bob. Letting us travel to both the popular and back street restaurants, and the dining traditions of Florida and places as distant as Barbados and Vietnam. The fourth course? The one you can always count on when Bob is in the kitchen: dessert. If you don't smile reading this book you may need to be tested for anorexia.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.