10 Worst Dining Trends of the Last Decade

from the Chicago Tribune

I agree with every single one of them. Anything they left out? Oh,

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The Fetish of Food: Trends, History, WIlliam Grimes

10 Worst Dining Trends of the Last Decade

from the Chicago Tribune

I agree with every single one of them. Anything they left out? Oh, watch out for #9, which includes a photo of creepy manchild Rocco DiSpirito.

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In a loosely related thread, former New York Times critic and author William Grimes is in town to discuss his new book, Appetite City, and I was a guest at The Ruins last night, where we slurped turtle soup and gin rickeys in honor of the book. Appetite City chronicles many of the trends and moments within the New York City food scene (like the oyster bar, Automat and turtle soup) that came and went over the last nearly 200 years. The story is richly annotated with photographs and actual menus adding a voyeuristic edge to the history. It's a definite food nerd holiday alert. Grimes also wrote one my favorite cocktail books, Straight Up or On the Rocks: The Story of the American Cocktail. It came out over a decade ago and basically presaged the current craft cocktail movement.

 
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