The Reporter's Kitchen by Jane Kramer

The Reporter's Kitchen

Jane Kramer started cooking when she started writing. Her first dish, a tinned-tuna curry, was assembled on a tiny stove in her graduate student apartment while she pondered her first writing assignment. From there, whether her travels took her to a tent settlement in the Sahara for an afternoon interview with an old Berber woman toiling over goat stew, or to the great London restaurateur and author Yotam Ottolenghi's Notting Hill apartment, wher...

Details The Reporter's Kitchen

TitleThe Reporter's Kitchen
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFood and Drink, Food, Writing, Essays, Cookbooks, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Food Writing, Biography

Reviews The Reporter's Kitchen

  • Leigh Kramer
    I'm not sure I'd read any of Jane Kramer's articles before reading this book but I love food memoirs and I figured someone who writes for the New Yorker was worth gambling on. It was an uneven reading experience. I greatly enjoyed her chef profiles, particularly the one on Yotam Ottolenghi, and I loved her essay contrasting the lack of storage in her NYC kitchen and the roomy spaciousness of her kitchen in Italy. I haven't spent much time conside...
  • Sue
    Essays from Jane Kramer's life as a writer and reporter, focused on food. They were interesting, but a lot of the food was way over my head, and it was definitely for an audience better educated in the high end of food, restaurants, and restaurant culture.
  • Martha
    I'd rate this collection of essays as 3.5 but there were plenty of essays (especially those that profiled a handful of world-renowned chefs) that I would have rated 4 individually. I think the profiles worked best because Kramer's writing could revolve around the chefs. When the subject was broader, whether about one's love of cookbooks or celebrations, the writing felt unfocused. There were plenty of interesting bits, but since things jumped aro...
  • Janet
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I decidedly did like the description of the book but I found her essays to be all over the face and confusing at times....sorry, not my cup of tea.
  • Monica
    Jane Kramer’s articles in the New Yorker have, over the years, provided a wide ranging and nuanced picture of European society and politics, with some unforgettable portraits in the process. And then there is her article in July of last year which is the best account ever of why I am so smitten with Bernie Gunther. as soon as this book hit the stands, I ran to my nearest book store, brought it home, an...
  • Krissy
    I read a lot of culinary-related books. I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. It reminded me somewhat of Ruth Reichl's books, of which I am a big fan. This book is a collection of Jane Kramer's previously-published articles from The New Yorker. Many were about her life in her home New York state, and her home in Umbria, Italy. She references a lot of the same people in her articles, particularly Yotam Ottolenghi, and to a lesser e...
  • Vari Robinson
    While some of the info was really interesting in terms of the history of food, different cultural connotations with food, etc., there were also times where I felt the author made inappropriate sexist comments or rude comments regarding certain individuals.
  • Honor Kennedy
    This book is about the essence of the spirit and experiences that influence one to become a chef. If you enjoy the Mind of a Chef or Anthony Bourdain's gastromic adventures, you will enjoy this series of essays.
  • Rach
    3.5 stars