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"...gulping down wheat berries and bean sprouts?"

William Walsh's Questionstruck consists entirely of interrogatives extracted from Calvin Trillin's first twenty-five books. Here's a particularly fine group of Trillin's questions (from 1978's Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater) on two of his favorite subjects, cuisine and travel:

But was I really ready for health food? Aside from the fact that it has always seemed bad for my health, what would people say? What would Fats Goldberg, the pizza baron, someone who believes that green vegetables should be consumed only by small furry animals, say if I answered his inevitable questions about eating in England by telling him I hung around health-food shops, gulping down wheat berries and bean sprouts? Could I really discuss whole-grain bread with chili heads and knish freaks? Could we have become a connoisseur of Stuff-Stuff with Heavy? Who would have thought it of a man who travels with Arthur Bryant's barbecue sauce? Could you please pass the sour cream?

September 23, 2009 in Books | Permalink


And some consider Arthur Bryant's to be the premier barbecue joint in all of Kansas City.

Posted by: Paul Lamb at Sep 23, 2009 9:48:03 AM

Trillin apparently feels the same way. It wasn't until the third or fourth reference to "Arthur Bryant's" (mind you, all of them in question form) that I realized it was a BBQ joint in K.C., of which Trillin is a native.

Posted by: Pete at Sep 23, 2009 4:41:31 PM