* Steal the Menu by Raymond Sokolov


Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food is the memoir of a long-time food critic at the New York Times, which should be a fun and well-informed story. Alas, the ego of the author needs to show its size on a frequent basis — and remind us, among other facts, that he went to Harvard (as another obnoxious character reviewed here did, must be something in the waters of Cambridge, MA) and inexplicably was not hired there as a professor. This is not to say that the book is not interesting, whether the author crisscrosses France to eat at great classic restaurants, or the US to look for great local eats, or even that the author does not display considerable charm and wit when describing his adventures. But he is so pleased with himself!

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