Yup, that’s me at 81 (seated at the banquet in the background). Click the image to read Frank Bruni’s review from yesterday’s paper.
During my recent, crazed trip to NYC, I did have a chance to take a time out for some fine dining at Ed Brown’s 81. The night I was there, Governor Paterson was there (he drank grapefruit juice and green tea, my waiter told me), foodie celebrities Patricia Wells and Mark Bittman were there (dining together at a large table), and I was the guest of another food and wine world luminary, my friend Alice Feiring, whose new book — The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization — is being published by Harcourt next week.
I’ve known Alice for many years and have always been impressed by her passionate “battle” to spread the gospel of natural wines. She’s a polemical figure in the wine world and her new book is making waves around the blogosphere (just Google Alice Feiring and Parkerization and you’ll find myriad reviews, threads, and opinions about her and her book).
A review of the book from me would be biased and so I’ll spare you my panegyric. I did like an alternate title that one reviewer proposed: à la richerche du vin perdu. Her madeleine is a bottle of wine tasted long ago but not forgotten.
If you do get a chance to read it, you might recognize one of the characters. Buona lettura!