• Title: Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table
  • Author: Linda Ellerbee
  • Released: 2006-05-02
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 0425209733
  • ISBN13: 978-0425209738
  • ASIN: 0425209733
From Publishers Weekly Claiming to be neither food writer nor chef, longtime TV newswoman Ellerbee calls herself "a recovering journalist who's traveled and eaten her way around the planet and lived to tell some tales." She fantasizes about doing something she thinks is unattainable, namely, writing for food and travel magazines ("Imagine being paid to eat, travel and write about that, instead of the bombing down the block"). But she does better than that, writing a witty, easy-to-read book about food that's also a blend of autobiography, travelogue and self-help. While weaving interesting yarns about visits to such places as the Appalachian Trail, Bolivia and Vietnam, Ellerbee makes both humorous and poignant observations about ethnic food ("phô [Vietnam's national breakfast dish] beats the devil out of a bowl of Wheaties"); the task of trying to age gracefully; her relationships with friends and family; and the motley strangers she's met in her travels. Ellerbee also modestly admits to rarely eating in three-star restaurants and proceeds to describe a dish at one: "a little thingy of fried potato topped with a doodle of mashed potato and a dabble of olives and dried tuna roe.... Does this description sufficiently explain why I'm not a food critic?" As an extra bonus for foodies, each chapter ends with a relevant recipe or two. Agent, Mel Berger at William Morris. (May) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Veteran television correspondent Ellerbee is well known and well regarded for her verve, humor, and irreverence. A self-described "recovering journalist who's traveled and eaten her way around the planet and lived to tell some tales," she offers an amazing glance back on the times and meals of her life of 60 years. In the course of her meanderings, she describes her girlhood in Texas in the 1950s, coming-of-age and hippie-hood in the 1960s, marital failures, parenting success, career disappointments, breast cancer, and mature, true love--all against the backdrop of both fabulous and mundane locales and mouthwatering meals. Ellerbee recalls eating caviar on Malcolm Forbes' yacht and admitting that he was a far better human being than the one she had intended to lambaste in an article; discovering the connection between lunch and lust in Paris as she and her husband try to revive a flagging marriage; and rediscovering her mother's fudge pie recipe as she and her longtime Texas girlfriends recall their youthful obsessions (each chapter ends with a recipe). Readers who have enjoyed Ellerbee's And So It Goes (1986) and Move On (1991), and even those who haven't, will absolutely love this remembrance of a life well lived. It is every bit as delicious as the food she describes. Vanessa Bush
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