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Is there anything you would change about this book?
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The build of Craig Claiborne finding his way in life, coming up with a dream, and achieving it. Once he has it, though, the momentum is lost, Claiborne becomes a mostly still functional alcoholic, and it catches up with him. End of story. Not much there. No great payoff or life lessons learned.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?
Anyone. Honestly, what was the guy thinking? What was his producer thinking? Who were they narrating for, did they think? Thankfully, after the first hour or two the narrator tones it down noticeably from what you hear on the sample, but still, just about anyone would have been better.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Probably not. I don't enjoy spending time with nasty, mean-spirited drunks in life nor in art.
Any additional comments?
It was interesting to learn about how Claiborne's work, like that of Julia Child, shaped America's interest in better food and ultimately in foodie pursuits. It was also interesting to learn how Pierre Franey fit into the equation. I'd read it just for this aspect, but with the understanding that it's truthful and doesn't have a nice payoff like fiction might.<br/><br/>To his credit the author writes it well and also gives aside notes to clarify things. Well done an appreciated.
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This book gives a great historical background of the development of our current food culture here in the U.S.A. It turns out we are a teachable & flexible people. I loved the story...but the reader was a little difficult to listen to...very exaggerated intonation, but worth listening to in spite of...