Magazine November 23, 2009, Issue

Time Travel In a Melting Pot

Fresh vegetables are chopped in the kitchen of Revolution Foods in Los Angeles, Calif., August 19, 2009. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York, by William Grimes (North Point, 384 pp., $30)

If H. G. Wells had decided to send his Time Traveler to report on the early restaurants of New York, I doubt he could have provided us a much better description of the city’s rich culinary history than the one William Grimes has just written. Grimes, a longtime food writer for the New York Times — perhaps the most prominent journalistic organ when it comes to food, a maker and breaker of chefs and restaurateurs — has specialized in observing New York’s contemporary food scene. Now he looks back, tracing its bewildering maze of food cultures and traditions, from its

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


China Alone?

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, by Martin Jacques (Penguin, 576 pp., $29.95)
Film & TV

Dark and Wild

This is a film about childhood that can be appreciated by pretentious, nitpicky grown-ups, it will find its fiercest fans among the Maxes of the world




‘Would it not be easier,” wrote Bertolt Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”