Our November selection is a good follow-up to a few things we’ve read in 2010. Our October pick, The United States of Arugula, reviews the history of America’s food luminaries, and mentions A.J. Liebling, an American journalist who loved food and France and wrote for The New Yorker from the 1930s until his death in 1963. And, in April, we read one man’s view of life in Paris in David Lebovitz’s The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – And Perplexing – City.
We follow those books with Liebling’s Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris. It is a memoir, focused mostly on his year as a 22-year-old man in Paris to study at the Sorbonne, but who spent quite a bit of time indulging in French cuisine. (That year Liebling spent studying in France was 1926, about 80 years before David Lebovitz moved to the City of Lights.) Later, Liebling went back to France as a World War II correspondent (and won an award from the French government for his reporting), wrote essays on boxing (later compiled in The Sweet Science, named by Sports Illustrated as the best sport book of all time), and wrote “The Wayward Press” for The New Yorker—columns which he wrote as a press critic. All that, and some say Liebling’s best writing is his food writing.
We’ll meet at Chez Lulu, 1909 Cahaba Road, on Tuesday, November 9 at 6pm. Join us!