Adam Platt – The Book of Eating


A wildly hilarious and irreverent memoir of a globe-trotting life lived meal-to-meal by one of our most influential and respected food critics.

As the son of a diplomat growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, Adam Platt didnt have the chance to become a picky eater. Living, traveling, and eating in some of the most far-flung locations around the world, he developed an eclectic palate and a nuanced understanding of cultures and cuisines that led to some revelations which would prove important in his future career as a food critic. In Tokyo, for instance – a kind of paradise for nose-to-tail cooking – he learned that if youre interested in telling a story, a hair-raisingly bad meal is much better than a good one.”

From dim sum in Hong Kong to giant platters of Peking duck in Beijing, fresh-baked croissants in Paris and pierogi on the snowy streets of Moscow, Platt takes us around the world, re-tracing the steps of a unique, and lifelong, culinary education. Providing a glimpse into a life that has intertwined food and travel in exciting and unexpected ways, The Book of Eating is a delightful and sumptuous trip that is also the culinary coming-of-age of a voracious eater and his eventual ascension to become, as he puts it, a professional glutton.

Author: Adam Platt
Narrator: Adam Platt
Duration: 8 hours 18 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2011
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

praise amazing

Political memoirs tend to be drab, plodding, and full of posturing. Whether or not you have fond memories of the Obama Administration, a view inside the machine is compelling. Politics can be cynical and political operatives are too often malicious. This is why I enjoyed peeking into this millennials journey from young skeptic to zealot to insider. Any political movement, from Occupy to Obamamania to the Tea Party to Trumpism, gains momentum on the backs of believers who break the political inertia holding back some or the feeling of disenfranchisement felt by others whose political leanings have been formed by the collapse of hope due to the immense weight of lofty unmet expectations. This book gives a glimpse into the ebbs and flows of the Obama era.

This isnt hero worship. Its simply a look at an idealists journey to the center of his perceived political earth, and the twists and turns getting there. You learn about the human side of the White House, from Obamas sense of humor to the insecurities and outsized consequences of staff. You see the journey from wide-eyed worshiper to jaded insider to realistic and hopeful pragmatist.

If you want to understand the motivations, hopes, and fears that fueled the undeniably successful political eruption of 2008, and the unavoidable reality of Washington crashing against and eroding it in the wake, read this book.

The performance, by the author, is fantastic. Nobody understands the nuance of writing like a work’s author, yet most have trouble pulling off a performance. This is not a problem for Litt, who is clearly comfortable behind a microphone.