Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R.W. Apple, Jr.

By R. W. Apple

Celebrated journalist R. W. (“Johnny”) Apple was once a veteran political reporter, a New York instances bureau leader and an incisive and prolific author. however the function he was once so much keen about was once nutrients anthropologist. recognized either for his stressed wideopen brain and an urge for food to compare, Apple used to be additionally a culinary student: witty, wide-ranging and extremely familiar with his topics. Far Flung and good Fed is the simplest of mythical Times reporter Apple’s foodstuff writing from the US, England, Europe, Asia and Australia. all the greater than fifty essays recount impressive food and little-known evidence, of a few of the world’s most appropriate meals —from the beginning of an aspect in a dish, to its heritage, to the bright personalities—including Apple’s spouse, Betsey—who cook dinner, serve and devour these dishes.

Far Flung and good Fed is a vintage number of nutrition writing— full of life, hot and wealthy with a feeling of position and taste—and merits to hitch the works of A.J. Liebling, Elizabeth David, M.F.K. Fisher and Calvin Trillin at the bookshelf.

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