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Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess
By Gael Greene
Read by Nancy Travis and featuring Gale Greene
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2006)
An Abridged Recording on 4 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-207-2
Genre: Memoir

Reviewed by Angela Evans - April 6, 2006

Insatiable is one of those unforgettable, unputdownable books that you will listen to several times over! Written by Gael Greene, this book is made up of equal parts: memoir, social commentary, and a culinary excursion. Greene was a restaurant critic with New York magazine from 1968 through 2000. She is also the author of such novels as Doctor Love, Blue Skies, and No Candy. In this book she not only recounts her adventures as a gourmand, but also her insights into food and how we, as a people, view food.

Insatiable is infused with sparkling wit, telling commentary, and the authors obvious love of food. Along the way we come to learn about Greene's past and the path that she trod on her way to becoming a respected food critic. She also introduces us to many of the 'big' names in culinary circles that she met along the way, including Henri Soulé, Julia Child, and James Beard. This marvelous book is read by the actress Nancy Travis, and Greene also adds her voice at appropriate moments.

Greene's life is as interesting, if not more so, than her culinary tales. Her appetite for life, and men, is as vivacious and titillating as her love of food. Combined, her personal memories (which include many intimate details about her love life) mixed with her love of food, serve to provide the listener with a mouth-watering story that will keep you up all night listening to the entire book at once.

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