Food and drink do a lot more than address physical need. They play a central role in our emotional and social existence. They serve as currency for hospitality, love, and affection, as a security blanket and plug for psychic wounds, and as a touchstone for times that have slipped into memory. They provide an excuse for people to sit together and share a meal, a round or two, and, often, the experience of connection.
Cognoscenti have long laid claim to this turf. They got a lot of company - and competition - in the late 20th century, when food and drink escalated into the stuff of entertainment, foodie and cocktail cultures, multiple TV networks, and intellectual superiority.
Writer and critic Kathy Biehl wandered through this terrain as it morphed, downed a lot of meals and drinks both appalling and delighting, and reported her findings to all manner of publications, in print and online. The joys, quirks, and questionable behavior that she observed fill this kaleidoscopic collection of her award-winning commentary and diaristic reports From Houston's burgeoning culinary landscape to late-night revelry in Britain and Barcelona to a Hell's Kitchen TV studio, it captures a way of life we take for granted no longer, when people freely gathered at tables and counters, shared food, raised glasses, and partook of drama and laughter and magic.
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Table of Contents
The Cellular Memory of Food
Eating Out Is Fun! Houston
"Best Bird Ever!"
The Joy of Junk Food
Calling the Spread
Martha & Me: Improvising Brownies
The Secret Life of ... Betty Crocker?
Table for One
Eating Out IS Fun!
Ever-Widening Concentric Circles of Yum
Regional Favorites: Miners' Fare in Northern NJ
Entertaining by Project Management
Slip Slidin' Away
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I've Got Love in My Tummy
It Was Bound to Happen, And Now It Has
New Age Dining: Santa Fe
When Service Goes to the Dogs
The Dangers of Mall Walking
The Omni-Directional Scud Lust Missile Rears Its Unwelcome Head Again
Zeitgeist: Thumbnosing (Whoopee! We're All Gonna Die)
Eating Out is Fun! (Ha!)
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