mark-bittman.jpgAlan Richman, one of the greatest food writers we have, and my occasional antagonist (he and I tangled over his New Orleans food piece in GQ), reviews Mark Bittman's The Best Recipes in the World PBS television series.

It's a very funny piece of writing, but after reading it a couple of times, I'm still not sure if he liked the show or not. My favorite line: "Not only are the cooking segments rudimentary, they're not even particularly practical. That paella expert in Spain will teach you how to control a fire made from the wood of orange trees. I doubt that's of value unless you happen to live in central Florida."

Photograph of Mark Bittman from markbittman.com

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