Round-Up II


Terribly behind on updates, again. Briefly: I spent some time with Daniel Boulud, for Bon Appetit, and with Jon Hamm, for GQ. My story about dining across Scandinavia was nominated for a James Beard Journalism Award. I wrote about my obsession with the Egg Genie. And work proceeds apace on my book “Fuck You, Eat This,” to be published by Crown next year.


In recent weeks you might have read about me dining across Scandinavia, tailgating at Ole Miss and/or discussing fatherhood, romantic comedies and the Washington football team with Matthew McConaughey. The French edition of Des Hommes Tormentes was released, too, and I’ll be in Paris and Geneva next month to read and discuss. Needless to say: Alright, alright, alright.

Paperback Writer

The paperback version of Difficult Men is now available from Penguin, along with Spanish, Portuguese and French editions. The New York Times included it on Paperback Row, and Kevin Spacey has some nice things to say on the back cover.

Elsewhere, I wrote about a surprise trip to Haiti for Afar Magazine and explored the new world of Downtown LA for GQ.


What’s new? Difficult Men has continued to truck along, with a UK edition and others forthcoming in Spain, Brazil, France and elsewhere. The American paperback will be out from Penguin in June, 2014. I can hardly express my gratitude to all those who have been kind to the book, among them Lisa Schwarzbaum in the New York Times and Ken Tucker in BookForum.

Here’s the thoroughly sweet Spanish cover.

cubierta Fuera de serie

Also, I was very pleased to learn that my GQ essay about Good Food Everywhere was selected as the lead entry in Best Food Writing 2013.

More to come, from Scandinavia, Oxford, MS, Downtown Los Angeles and elsewhere. In the meantime, here’s something to look forward to.

Difficult Men Cometh

Much to say about Difficult Men, which is out July 3, though some stores may begin selling it a few days sooner. For more frequent updates and news, follow this Facebook page or my Twitter feed. Here is an excerpt that ran, with some eerie timing, in GQ. Here are some nice reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly and, especially, Ken Tucker in Bookforum. Here’s a more mixed but still mostly positive review from Michiko Kakutani, in the Times, and also David Carr’s column which explored the book’s business implications. And, of course, here’s where to order.

James Beard Nomination

Very pleased to say that my GQ profile of Danny Bowien and Mission Chinese Food NYC won the 2013 James Beard Journalism Award for profile-writing.

The Other BM

I spent some time with the man they call Murricane. On the cover of January’s GQ.

Danny, Champion of the World

My profile of Danny Bowien and the psychedelic phenomenon that is Mission Chinese Food, appears in the December issue of GQ.

Best Food Writing 2012

Immensely pleased and flattered to learn that “The King of Pop-Up,” my profile of Ludo Lefebvre, was included in Best Food Writing 2012.

The Showrunners and I

For the June issue of GQ, I had a conversation with three of TV’s biggest brains—Vince Gilligan, David Milch and Matt WeinerMeanwhile: In March, I sat down with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.