An American Nigel Slater?

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I just read this in the NYTimes.
(you might have to register to read it).
And it got me thinking about the fact that I don't really know many American cookery writers. There's a small list here...
Of these, I've heard of 8 but have got books by only three (Bourdain, Child and Steingarten).

So if we Brits are going to foist Slater, Lawson, Fearnley-Whittingstall et al on the Americans what should I be reading in return?

Also, I read practically no writers outside of Britain, so any European/Asian/Australian, etc. recommendations most welcome.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 21:38 (thirteen years ago) link

In addition to your listed trio, some of my faves from that short list are McGee, Root, Beard, Fisher, and Reichl (her first book, Tender at the Bone). Laurie Colwin, who was foremost a short story writer and novelist, wrote two wonderful books about food: Home Cooking and

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 22:09 (thirteen years ago) link

huh - where'd it go?

... and More Home Cooking.

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 22:11 (thirteen years ago) link

The Colwin books look like just my cup of tea, thanks. I've put my order in. And the Reichl too looks very interesting - dysfunctional families AND cooking!

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 22:56 (thirteen years ago) link

The Art Park Brownies in Reichl's book are great - rich, fudgey, intensely chocolate. And I make Colwin's shortbread all the time.

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 23:10 (thirteen years ago) link

escofier? how about rick tramato, gail gand, rick bayliss, charlie trotter, paul kahan, jean joho, as well as food networks emerill, mario batali, bobby flay, and that geek alton brown. don't know if all those have written books, though. and if you don't have jaques pepin's complete techniques you better get that too. almost all americans have a copy of that better homes and gardens cookbook that looks like a tablecloth from a picnic as well.

jdchurchill (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 23:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Are you in Chicago, jdchurchill?

Paul Eater (eater), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 23:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Well then, don't forget the big names of the West: Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, Tom Douglas, Mark Miller. But they are chefs, not food writers per se.

Bruce Cole's SauteWednesday has a good link list for all sorts of food writing.

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 23:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh woot! This site's also got a great list, not only of chefs and pastry chefs, but cookbook writers.

Jaq (Jaq), Thursday, 9 March 2006 00:04 (thirteen years ago) link

this guy's the best regular US restaurant reviewer IMO

(in general, haven't even read this particular column yet)

http://www.laweekly.com/counter-intelligence/12825/ramen-holiday/

m coleman (lovebug starski), Thursday, 9 March 2006 00:52 (thirteen years ago) link

how did you guess paul?

jdchurchill (jdchurchill), Thursday, 9 March 2006 20:40 (thirteen years ago) link

My favourite American food writer is Jeffrey Steingarten, like all the most readable food books, his are not recipe books but collections of writing about food & eating.

bham, Monday, 13 March 2006 10:08 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

ruby tandoh's article on the british nigel slater is excellent https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/5979y8/in-praise-of-food-dad-nigel-slater

ogmor, Friday, 10 May 2019 10:09 (four months ago) link

nigel slater always looks in need of a good wash

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 May 2019 10:10 (four months ago) link

he's rustic

ogmor, Friday, 10 May 2019 10:13 (four months ago) link


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