2 for Tuesday morning book review

Oct 25 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Losers:  The Road to Everyplace but the White House by Michael Lewis

I think it was about 5 or 6 years ago that I sat down and read Moneyball and Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life.  But enough of Lewis's baseball themed books.  In Losers, Lewis chronicles his all encompassing press coverage and behind the scenes of the Republican presidential candidates from the 1996 elections.  Lewis gives you his impressions of meeting with everyone from Bob Dole to Forbes to the more obscure candidate Morry Taylor.  He even follows Green Party darkhorse Ralph Nader.  The book gives you great insight to each candidates shortcomings, triumphs, and of course gaffes.  Its a good read.

3.5 out of 5 base pairs

 

 

Medium Raw:  A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain

Anybody who knows me knows that I love Anthony Bourdain, I religiously watch his TV show, No Reservations.  Most people don't know that besides being a TV host and chef, Bourdain is actually a really, really good writer.  This is the follow up to wildly successful book, Kitchen Confidential, where Bourdain recounts his checkered career and past, why you shouldn't eat fish on Sunday, and the inner workings of the New York City restaurant scene.  Medium Raw picks up where Kitchen Confidential left off, Bourdain explaining his hatred of vegans, sparring with Paula Dean, Rachel Ray, and the giraffe of a TV show host, Sandra Lee.  Bourdain tells you of his highs (TV show, finally not sweating the bills, etc) and his lows (failing marriage, drug usage).  You get to see the daily life of Justo Thomas, a prep chef who does nothing but prep hundreds of pounds of fish each day to with precision that would simultaneously make a German engineer soil his pantaloons in glee and shed a tear of pride.

So check out this book and Kitchen Confidential if you haven't read it either.

5 out of 5 base pairs

3 responses so far

  • Sxydocma1 says:

    I loved the chapter in which Tony invites Justo Thomas, who never ate at Le Bernardin’s, to eat at the restaurant. I think I have watched every No Reservations show on Netflix. It is one of my 4-year old daughter's favorite shows. I hope our cooking and watching good cooking and eating will prevent her from ever wanting spaghetti in a taco.

    • I feel incredibly saddened to have gone to NYC and failed to eat at Les Halles.

      • Sxydocma1 says:

        I went to grad school on Long Island. I went into the city many times and only ate twice at Les Halles. Now that the weather has turned cold and rainy here in Boston, I long to go to NYC and eat there again. Cassoulet please.

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