Picks and Pans Review: Is Salami and Eggs Better Than Sex?

UPDATED 12/09/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/09/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

by Alan King and Mimi Sheraton

"When I get up in the morning," writes comic-actor Alan King, "I have to decide what I'm going to have for dinner or I can't get through the day." King is indeed serious about food, and his new book will be best appreciated by those who share his preoccupation. With help and commentary from Sheraton, a TIME food writer, King has compiled an amusing history of his eating life, including anecdotes from his Brooklyn childhood and intimate details about his gustatory likes. (He loves pot-au-feu and steak tartare; he won't eat at salad bars that serve fake bacon bits.) Next to eating, King seems to like hobnobbing with other celebrities, and much of the book is an exercise in name-dropping. He mentions every dish he's shared with a star: the lobster bordelaise consumed with Orson Welles in Paris, the two dozen tequilas downed with John Wayne at a hotel bar in Acapulco, the great jambalaya made by John Steinbeck's widow, Elaine, in the Hamptons. To King's credit, the book does include a good selection of recipes, chattily recounted by Sheraton, at the end of each chapter. As for the question posed by the title, both the reader and King's wife, Jeanette, not to mention Dr. Ruth, should be relieved by his answer. (Little, Brown, $15.95)

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters