Here's Comfort Me With Offal by Ruth Bourdain, the book that seeks to answer the question "Can a mysterious anonymous Twitter parody mashup between Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain generate enough content for an entire book?" The answer is yes, yes it can. Posing as a fake memoir, the book also serves as a sort of intro to RuBo's fake insider gastronomic world, full of tangerine zest smoking, "gastro-yoga" with Rick Bayless, and making fun of former New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton.
The book includes the lifecycle of a trend, which begins with a chef accidentally stumbling into an unfamiliar, hole-in-the-wall restaurant and stealing their ideas, and ends when "the New Yorker publishes a ten thousand-word story on the evolution of the food trend, written by Adam Gopnik, including critical quotes from Michael Pollan." There's a guide to food-obsessed types like "Foieckers" and "Offalites," an I Ate at elBulli Piece ("elBulli Death Trip"), a guide to becoming a Hipster Butcher and more. Comfort Me With Offal comes out September 4 from Andrews McMeel (pre-order on Amazon).
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