Reading Log: The Colour of Food: A Memoir of Life, Love and Dinner (Anne Else)

From a distance, Ann Else’s foodie(ish) memoir is a mash-up of Joan Didion and Ruth Reichl. Close-up, it lacks the former’s depth and the latter’s easy, tasty grace. There’s nothing wrong with Else’s prose or the recipes—there are some touching moments and some interesting aspects to her story as a young woman from New Zealand—but there’s no verve or color, rendering even the incredibly interesting events as blasé trip reports or as a disinterested observer might write a report.

The experience was like falling asleep in the cab on the way to Peter Luger’s steakhouse and waking up at Applebees.

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