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"She was an intellectual and a poet. I was merely an ex-newspaper reporter who had found God in the details of uni sushi and truffled fettuccini."
If I could choose anyone to narrate my life, it would one-hundred percent be Gael Greene. Her writing is magic. It is incredibly whimsical, yet informed, and full of the most beautiful imagery, yet gritty and raw without fear of curse words and controversy.
Greene's memoir, Insatiable, is the first work of hers I have read. She recounts her life from the 1960's and beyond, working as a famed food critic and dining at some of the world's finest restaurants, while also living a life of scandalous fun (leading the book with a chapter on her night with Elvis, just to give you a taste of what is to come...).
While I admit that my attention was lost in a few parts and I was reading about many people I hadn't heard of, Greene's prose was enough. No matter what I was reading, I was captivated, and wanted to take the time to absorb every single word that was written in the 350-odd pages.
I couldn't recommend this book enough, and am very keen to read more of Greene's works. If you're a foodie and love a scandalous read, this book is for you.