Title: American Fried
Author: Calvin Trillin
Trillin published American Fried, the first of his Tummy Trilogy, before the word "foodie" attained its current cultural relevance. Incidentally, I hate the word "foodie." It's snobbish and elitist, as if one has to make a hobby of eating in order to appreciate food. In my experience, there are entire nations of humans who love food without requiring such designations.
I rather doubt Trillin himself would take well to being called a foodie. Food fanatic seems a better term. The quantities he describes consuming border on absurd, yet he's particular. Once he finds what he likes, he wastes no time shoveling it down his gullet.
The humor is top shelf - not quite embarrassing-to-read-on-a-plane funny but good for a healthy chuckle. The change in food prices from the early '70s is quite comical though, of course, unintentional. Trillin's fun. I look forward to the rest of his trilogy.
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