The Reporter's Kitchen: Essays

The Reporter's Kitchen: Essays

Jane Kramer started cooking when she started writing. Her first dish, a tinned-tuna curry, was assembled on a tiny stove in her graduate student apartment while she pondered her first writing assignment. From there, whether her travels took her to a tent settlement in the Sahara for an afternoon interview with an old Berber woman toiling over goat stew, or to the great Lon...

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  • Leigh  Kramer

    I'm not sure I'd read any of Jane Kramer's articles before reading this book but I love food memoirs and I figured someone who writes for the New Yorker was worth gambling on. It was an uneven reading experience. I greatly enjoyed her chef profiles, particularly the one on Yotam Ottolenghi, and I loved her essay contrasting the lack of storage in her NYC kitchen and the roomy spaciousness of her kitchen in Italy. I haven't spent much time considering kitchen storage but the essay really resonate

    I'm not sure I'd read any of Jane Kramer's articles before reading this book but I love food memoirs and I figured someone who writes for the New Yorker was worth gambling on. It was an uneven reading experience. I greatly enjoyed her chef profiles, particularly the one on Yotam Ottolenghi, and I loved her essay contrasting the lack of storage in her NYC kitchen and the roomy spaciousness of her kitchen in Italy. I haven't spent much time considering kitchen storage but the essay really resonated with me and made me think about the kitchen gadgets I rarely use but feel the need to hold on to. I wish all the essays had been so thoughtful but they often seemed crammed with esoteric recollections and copious name dropping and I wasn't always sure about Kramer's larger point or theme. I'm sure people who are familiar with Kramer's work will find much to admire, however.

    Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Krissy

    I read a lot of culinary-related books. I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. It reminded me somewhat of Ruth Reichl's books, of which I am a big fan.

    This book is a collection of Jane Kramer's previously-published articles from The New Yorker. Many were about her life in her home New York state, and her home in Umbria, Italy. She references a lot of the same people in her articles, particularly Yotam Ottolenghi, and to a lesser extent, Naomi Duguid.

    The article I enjoyed the most

    I read a lot of culinary-related books. I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. It reminded me somewhat of Ruth Reichl's books, of which I am a big fan.

    This book is a collection of Jane Kramer's previously-published articles from The New Yorker. Many were about her life in her home New York state, and her home in Umbria, Italy. She references a lot of the same people in her articles, particularly Yotam Ottolenghi, and to a lesser extent, Naomi Duguid.

    The article I enjoyed the most, interestingly enough, was the one about foraging for wild food, "The Food at Our Feet." I would never trust myself to forage for my own food, so this was strangely fascinating to me.

    Jane Kramer has a light, easy-to-read style of writing which makes it a breeze to read multiple articles in one sitting. I'm not sure if I'd read more of her writing, however, in book form, as my to-read list is so long. Still, I did enjoy this book, which I received as an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Honor Kennedy

    This book is about the essence of the spirit and experiences that influence one to become a chef. If you enjoy the Mind of a Chef or Anthony Bourdain's gastromic adventures, you will enjoy this series of essays.

  • Rach

    3.5 stars

  • Martha

    I'd rate this collection of essays as 3.5 but there were plenty of essays (especially those that profiled a handful of world-renowned chefs) that I would have rated 4 individually. I think the profiles worked best because Kramer's writing could revolve around the chefs. When the subject was broader, whether about one's love of cookbooks or celebrations, the writing felt unfocused. There were plenty of interesting bits, but since things jumped around so frequently none of the themes got fleshed o

    I'd rate this collection of essays as 3.5 but there were plenty of essays (especially those that profiled a handful of world-renowned chefs) that I would have rated 4 individually. I think the profiles worked best because Kramer's writing could revolve around the chefs. When the subject was broader, whether about one's love of cookbooks or celebrations, the writing felt unfocused. There were plenty of interesting bits, but since things jumped around so frequently none of the themes got fleshed out as much as I would have liked. Also, be warned that hers is not the voice of a humble 'everyman'. If you can make it through the first essay without being overly annoyed, I think you will enjoy this book.

  • Sue

    Essays from Jane Kramer's life as a writer and reporter, focused on food. They were interesting, but a lot of the food was way over my head, and it was definitely for an audience better educated in the high end of food, restaurants, and restaurant culture.

  • Vari Robinson

    While some of the info was really interesting in terms of the history of food, different cultural connotations with food, etc., there were also times where I felt the author made inappropriate sexist comments or rude comments regarding certain individuals.

  • Janet

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I decidedly did like the description of the book but I found her essays to be all over the face and confusing at times....sorry, not my cup of tea.

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