The Tales from the Tummy Trilogy

The Tales from the Tummy Trilogy

by Calvin Trillin
     
 

Calvin Trillin is America's funniest food writer. He is passionate about good cooking—not haute cuisine but genuine good food. What he likes to write about is eating rather than food. Known to his fans as a "happy eater," he is also a highly-respected journalist and a nimble humorist. It is this unique combination of talents that makes The Tummy

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Calvin Trillin is America's funniest food writer. He is passionate about good cooking—not haute cuisine but genuine good food. What he likes to write about is eating rather than food. Known to his fans as a "happy eater," he is also a highly-respected journalist and a nimble humorist. It is this unique combination of talents that makes The Tummy Trilogy such a wonderfully entertaining collection. Includes American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; and Third Helpings.

In the 1970's, when Trillin was writing the "American Journal" feature for the New Yorker, he spent a great deal of time on the road, diligently questing after the best cooking in every city, town, and village he passed through. When approaching local people, his technique was simple, and simply brilliant: "Don't take me to the place you took your parents on their 25th wedding anniversary; take me to the place you went the night you came home after 14 months in Korea." With this kind of attitude, whether he is writing about taking his own multi-course picnic on a no-frills flight to Miami, describing the perils of post eating, indulging in the pleasures of pigging-out in Hong Kong, or giving us the definitive history of the origin of the Buffalo chicken wing, the results are marvelously funny and will be a very special treat for people who love eating and relish good prose.

Editorial Reviews

The Tummy Trilogy, read by author Calvin Trillin, includes food-oriented essays ranging in content from the history of the buffalo wing to the quest for the perfect bagel. These adventures in eating are gathered from Trillin books including American Fried, Third Helpings and Alice, Let's Eat. Trillin reminds listeners to eat well and to frequent the kinds of places one might go "the night you came home after fourteen months in Korea." Trillin's subtle comic timing is every bit as enjoyable as his writing. He has a low, gruff voice and a leisurely pace, which suits material that is always witty and sometimes hilarious. Peppy music after each selection gives listeners an opportunity to catch their breath between courses, so to speak. The only conceivable complaint is that these seventeen ruminations end too soon, leaving fans hungry for more.
—Rochelle O'Gorman

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
New Yorker writer Trillin, known for his slow-burn, deadpan humor, reads a selection of 17 pieces from his previously published essay collections American Fried, Third Helpings and Alice, Let's Eat. Helpful introductory comments include, "I'm here to tell you that compared to a monkfish, the average catfish looks like Robert Redford." More broadly, the message for restaurateurs is to avoid the pretensions of establishments referred to collectively as La-Maison-de-la-Casa-House and to embrace the authentic merits of the Buffalo chicken wing, the Chinatown noodle and the New York City bagel. The message for the rest of us is to eat without shame or remorse, to approach every meal (even the dreadful scrambled eggs Trillin mentions he was once in the habit of making for his daughters) with the same welcoming smile that this deft writer and performer leaves on everyone who listens to him. Based on the FSG hardcover. (Feb. 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565114050
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.56(d)

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Meet the Author


CALVIN TRILLIN has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including About Alice, Deadline Poet, Family Man, American Stories, Killings, Uncivil Liberties, and Remembering Denny, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York and eats heartily whenever he travels.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1935
Place of Birth:
Kansas City, Missouri
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1957

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