Giving Good Weight

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  • Paperback
  • 288
  • Giving Good Weight
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 07 March 2019
  • 0374516006

About the Author: John McPhee

Giving Good Weight Epub æ Giving Good PDF/EPUB ² giving ebok, good free, weight pdf, Giving Good free, Giving Good WeightGiving Good Weight MOBIJohn McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and Giving Good PDF/EPUB ² soon followed with The Headmaster , Oranges , The Pine Barrens , A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles collection, , Levels of the Game , The Crofter and the Laird , Encounters with the Archdruid , The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed , The Curve of Binding Energy , Pieces of the Frame collection, , and The Survival of the Bark Canoe Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards Selections from these books make up The John McPhee Reader Since , the year in which McPhee received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the bestselling Coming into the Country appeared in print, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has published Giving Good Weight collection, , Basin and Range , In Suspect Terrain , La Place de la Concorde Suisse , Table of Contents collection, , Rising from the Plains , Heirs of General Practice in a paperback edition, , The Control of Nature , Looking for a Ship , Assembling California , The Ransom of Russian Art , The Second John McPhee Reader , Irons in the Fire collection, , Annals of the Former World Annals of the Former World, McPhee s tetralogy on geology, was published in a single volume in and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in The Founding Fish was published in tp uscmillan author johnmc.


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10 thoughts on “Giving Good Weight

  1. Lisa says:

    John McPhee has me questioning a lot of my life choices right now How have I made it this far without ever tasting truffles Why don t I treat myself to a proper feast, perhaps some grilled eel a personal weakness, but it s been forever , some smoked shad roe p t mousse, or some good ol stuffed clams, dammit I made the mistake of reading his journalistic essay, Brigade de Cuisine, after tossing together a flopped experimental supper inspired by the vegetables rotting in my fridge, and I lay John McPhee has me questioning a lot of my life choices right now How have I made it this far without ever tasting truffles Why don t I treat myself to a proper feast, perhaps some grilled eel a personal weakness, but it s been forever , some smoked shad roe p t mousse, or some good ol stuffed clams, dammit I made the mistake of reading his journalistic essay, Brigade de Cuisine, after tossing together a flopped experimental supper inspired by the vegetables rotting in my fridge, and I lay in bed with my mouth watering at the creations of the unnamed chef he observed on and off for a year On the weekend I read a section aloud to a friend, describing rendered beef fat and pounding a pork loin with a wooden mallet, and he just stared at me Why am I reading this, exactly My usual reaction to red meat is revulsion which I have ample opportunity to display the cook at work s favourite hobby is shoving raw meat in my face , but John McPhee describes everything so tenderly that I would hunt down this chef if the essay wasn t written in the 1970 s.I recommend his essays on green markets in New York City and a canoe trip through Northern Maine with equal verve You get the sense that McPhee really inhabits a place, marinates in its essence for months in order to write about it The other two essays here were of less interest to me, but it s a well rounded introduction to a keen mind.I reserve my highest praise, however, for his chef d oeuvre Annals of the Former World I will visit this restaurant again

  2. Peter Tillman says:

    I don t think I ve read this one before Five old New Yorker articles from the mid 70s Great stuff, and really hasn t dated No surprises there I m a serious John McPhee fanboy You should be, too Overall, 4.4 stars.1 New York s Greenmarket, a big farmer s market, is the title article, back when farmer s markets were new McPhee talks to the farmers vendors, mostly, and works for a couple of them for awhile The farmers generally like the black people best as customers, finding them less fus I don t think I ve read this one before Five old New Yorker articles from the mid 70s Great stuff, and really hasn t dated No surprises there I m a serious John McPhee fanboy You should be, too Overall, 4.4 stars.1 New York s Greenmarket, a big farmer s market, is the title article, back when farmer s markets were new McPhee talks to the farmers vendors, mostly, and works for a couple of them for awhile The farmers generally like the black people best as customers, finding them less fussy Then the Spanish, and the wealthy whites are the least popular fussy and rude The farmers like getting paid muchthan wholesale, and the customers like good produce at reasonable prices Win win, and 4 stars 73 pp.2 New Jersey Public Service had a serious proposal to build a large, floating nuclear power plant 3 miles offshore, in the early 70s McPhee talked to the engineers, the biologists, and the oceanographers studying the proposal The utility seemed to be doing a careful and methodical job , and the scientists appreciated the work The biologists weredubious about the project, the oceanographerssupportive No fatal technical issues were found the design was tested for a simulated million year storm a super hurricane and a simultaneous shipwreck of a supertanker on the enclosing breakwater Citizen opposition had begun, but no permits had been granted when the project was put on indefinite hold in 1978 5 stars 44 pp.3 McPhee meets one New York s 2 pinball wizards, tries out his favorite Bally machine, then the two wizards meet at the Circus Circus off Times Square Short, sweet, very entertaining I was never very good at pinball McPhee s piece makes me want to play a game or three 4 stars, 12 pp.4 A canoe trip down Maine s St John River, in Aroostook County, almost to Canada McPhee s companions include a Saltonstall, a Cabot from Boston, and a Byrd, a descendant of the polar explorer At the time, there was an active proposal to build Lake Dickey, a large hydropower pool, but the Maine river remains largely a wilderness waterway today 3.5 stars, 47 pp.5 Brigade de Cuisine is a article about a chef owner and his wife, the pastry chef, who operated a restaurant in the wilds of upstate NY, and insisted on anonymity for both themselves and their restaurant, which was about to move anyway Otto , trained in Switzerland, grew up in Spain and worked there again later, where he met Anne , his wife McPhee spent considerable time with them, much of it in the kitchen, listening and eating McPhee says that the 20 0r 30 best meals in his life were at the couple s rural restaurant There might belists of ingredients and dishes here than I really needed to know, but this is also the most entertaining essay in the book Here s Anne , who s served a Chivas to a customer, who accuses her of serving something cheaper it was Chivas You get out of here and you never come back The woman ran for her car 4 stars, 60 pp

  3. Prima Seadiva says:

    Thinning my book shelves I got sidetracked re reading a book I read many years ago I still enjoyed most of it though I ve grown a bit less patient with some of the detail The title essay Giving Good Weight, about an early farmer s market in 1970 s NYC is still my favorite At the time of first reading I worked in at the Pike Place Market here so it resonated deeply with me My other favorite Brigade to Cuisine was still interesting though my fantasy of having such a restaurant as described has Thinning my book shelves I got sidetracked re reading a book I read many years ago I still enjoyed most of it though I ve grown a bit less patient with some of the detail The title essay Giving Good Weight, about an early farmer s market in 1970 s NYC is still my favorite At the time of first reading I worked in at the Pike Place Market here so it resonated deeply with me My other favorite Brigade to Cuisine was still interesting though my fantasy of having such a restaurant as described has long faded Too much work

  4. Sharon says:

    Only John McPhee can make everything from cutting wood in the forests of the northeast to green markets in NYC to a floating nuclear reactor into an absorbing read There s also a memorable description of an extraordinary chef preparing a a fresh octopus for dinner at his restaurant I ll say no .

  5. James says:

    It was a mixed bag.As with many McPhee s, this was a collection of shorter writings.We ve got McPhee working on farms and at farmer s market s around NYC entertaining we ve got New Jersey thinking about building floating nuclear power stations quite fascinating we ve got a story about pinball which, honestly, was what I was most looking forward to, but turned out to be utterly forgettable we ve got, yet another, story about McPhee canoeing and I already have a thing about canoing , so I It was a mixed bag.As with many McPhee s, this was a collection of shorter writings.We ve got McPhee working on farms and at farmer s market s around NYC entertaining we ve got New Jersey thinking about building floating nuclear power stations quite fascinating we ve got a story about pinball which, honestly, was what I was most looking forward to, but turned out to be utterly forgettable we ve got, yet another, story about McPhee canoeing and I already have a thing about canoing , so I was dreading this one, but it was the most enjoyable canoe writing yet and we end with an obscure restaurant near NYC it sounds like a French haute cuisine version of Shopsin s which makes you want to pack up and leave tonight, and eat there for every meal tomorrow until you realize the book was written in 1975, and there is no restaurant to go to Overall, hooray for McPhee but it isn t one I would start people with, but I m considering colored flagging some of the stories to loan out

  6. Clarence Cheong says:

    Read only Brigade de Cuisine and the story about pinball read through half of Giving Good Weight before giving up , and the 4 stars rating apply only to these 2 essays McPhee s writing is great, but his essays tend to be a tag draggy He has this writing technique where he recites a long string of nouns to convey the magnitude of items being discussed, and this technique is repeated to the point of being irritating especially when I don t really understand the jargon he uses e.g the na Read only Brigade de Cuisine and the story about pinball read through half of Giving Good Weight before giving up , and the 4 stars rating apply only to these 2 essays McPhee s writing is great, but his essays tend to be a tag draggy He has this writing technique where he recites a long string of nouns to convey the magnitude of items being discussed, and this technique is repeated to the point of being irritating especially when I don t really understand the jargon he uses e.g the names of french dishes in Brigade de Cuisine As much as I liked Brigade de Cuisine , I felt it could be half the length, so that one could reasonably expect to finish it in one sitting Still, I found it a remarkably effective piece of writing, in that it achieved its goal of documenting the process of creating food of superlative quality and unfathomable complexity, as well as exploring the chef s motivations as an artist and idealist A thoroughly memorable piece of work

  7. Alia S says:

    He and I had an equipment shootout, which he seemed to think he was winning He put up his new tent, an ice blue JanSport with glass wands and a three quarter length fly, the whole affair a subtle compromisein breathing and impermeable nylonsbetween the statistical probabilities of incoming water and air Round, repulsive, mychophane, it appeared to be a model of the Houston Astrodome, its ceiling four feet high The first of what could be a whole lot of McPhee for me thanks, Morgan Not aHe and I had an equipment shootout, which he seemed to think he was winning He put up his new tent, an ice blue JanSport with glass wands and a three quarter length fly, the whole affair a subtle compromisein breathing and impermeable nylonsbetween the statistical probabilities of incoming water and air Round, repulsive, mychophane, it appeared to be a model of the Houston Astrodome, its ceiling four feet high The first of what could be a whole lot of McPhee for me thanks, Morgan Not a word out of place still lively and vivid I heard a truck backfire in New York City, I tasted strange things in a secret restaurant, I heard a river do a thing I didn t even know rivers could do If there s a problem with reading little journeys like these it s that it threatens to substitute, too well, for taking much less writing my own

  8. Harry Beckwith says:

    I just wanted to add my five to boost his already and deservedly high ranking Brigade is the piece that led me to McPhee, and to Oranges and The Headmaster, both unforgettable to me.To my head, heart, and soul, the finest writer of nonfiction ever Warm, humane, observant, witty just a marvel to me.

  9. Bruce says:

    His writing, as always, enlivens the commonplace while illuminating it farmers markets, nuclear power research, pinball, canoeing in northern Maine, and a New York chef.

  10. Peter Gooch says:

    A classic collection of essays I ve returned to this book many times over the years and find McPhee s writing among the best.