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David Kamp on Mimi Sheraton

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usarugula.jpgAuthor David Kamp shares some recollections on Mimi Sheraton, who he calls an "authentic Olde New York curmudgeon." Back when he was working on his book United States of Arugula, he wanted her feedback: "Since I grew up reading her work, I was eager to interview her, and I sent her an appropriately fulsome note explaining how much I would value her perspective as I undertook my project, a chronicle of the remarkable evolution of American foodways and food savvy over the last 50 years. Mimi turned me down flat, saying that the very premise of my book was based on 'false hype.' She suggested I not even bother with the book." [David Kamp]