Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excessby Gael Greene, Nancy Travis (Read by)
"I love Le Cirque, but can I be trusted?" writes Gael Greene, the revered restaurant critic for New York magazine, whose fierce wit and sensuous prose changed the way Americans think about food. Now in this audacious memoir, Greene blends love and food, haute cuisine and social history to capture an era of erotic excess and a life lived to its fullest. Detailing her trysts with Elvis Presley, Hollywood icons, and celebrity chefs, Greene takes you inside renowned restaurants such as Le Pavillon, Le Bernardin, and Lutece, while offering intimate portraits of culinary legends Andre Soltner, James Beard, and Julia Child, among others. Filled with adventure, humor, and lovingly described meals, this tale of pleasure and heartbreak will make you laugh, cry-and undeniably hungry...
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GAEL GREENE lives in New York City.
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Talk about a plum job! Gael Greene has enjoyed the finest cuisine the world has to offer for some three decades, and all she has to do is write about it. Jealous? Not in the least bit - that is until she shared the names of her bevy of lovers which includes Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and, yes, The King himself, Elvis. According to Greene all Elvis did was saunter in, lie down on the bed and wait. Best advice for you is not to wait a moment longer before listening to Insatiable, Greene's funny, frank, frolic of a bio. As most know, Greene is New York's vaunted food critic, eating her way through the city's toniest establishments and dining in France - on her employer's money. Seems it was 1968 when Clay Felker of New York Magazine discovered her in the Motor City and brought her to the Big Apple. It wasn't long before Felker dubbed her 'the insatiable critic.' Wonder if he knew just how accurate that was. Freely admitting to a 'certain compulsive bedability,' she gleefully blended lovers and Lutece, all of which makes for spicy listening. Narrator Nancy Travis does a superb turn with the slightly quirky Greene's tale of her pursuit of life's pleasures. And, yes, recipes are included. 5 star restaurants, 5 star swains, and most certainly 5 star listening. - Gail Cooke
For $6.95 this book was a steal and though I don't find it "riveting" it is really informative on foods I've never heard of or been exposed to. It reads very nicely and I am interested to find out more that I don't know!