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Super random question for uber food readers

Lynndsey Rigberg | Feb 17, 201109:07 PM

Dear Chowhounds,

I REALLY need your help!

1-3 years ago, a young author wrote about about the history of food from a historical perspective. He had historical menus faithfully replicated in his book. I remember reading about him and his book in the New Yorker. I can even see the photo of him in my mind's eye - slim, short haired, mid-30's.

Was it an "Almanac" or an "encyclopedia" of sorts? It had sort of a formal title with a wink.

I’ve searched all over Amazon, Google, etc I’ve searched the archives of New Yorker, no luck.

I AM KICKING MYSELF for not remembering the title of his book or his name.

HEEEEELLLLPPP!

Many thanks!

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