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You people come into the market the Greenmarket in the open air under the down pouring sun and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails With your thumbs you excavate the cheese You choose your stringbeans one at a time You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn You are something wonderful you are p. 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

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Giving Good Weight

Rtistic and extraordinary chef; The Keel of Lake Dickey in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot out between two prizewinning journalis. 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 meTo my head heart and soul the finest writer of nonfiction ever Warm humane observant witty just a marvel to me

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Eople of the city and we who are almost without exception strangers here are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays grouped here with four others including Brigade de Cuisine a profile of an a. It was a mixed bagAs with many McPhee s this was a collection of shorter writingsWe 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 uite 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


10 thoughts on “Giving Good Weight

  1. says:

    John McPhee has me uestioning a lot of my life choices right now How have I made it this far without ever tasting truffles?

  2. 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 44 stars1 New York's Greenmarket a big farmer's market is the title article back when farmer's markets were new McPhee talks to the farmersvendors mostly and works for a couple of them for awhile The farmers generally like the black

  3. 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

  4. 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 prepar

  5. says:

    It was a mixed bagAs with many McPhee's this was a collection of shorter writingsWe've got McPhee working on farms and at fa

  6. 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 techniue where he recites a long string of nouns to convey the magnitude of items being discussed and this techniue is repeated to the point of being irritating especially when I do

  7. says:

    He and I had an euipment shootout which he seemed to think he was winning He put up his new tent an ice blue JanSp

  8. 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 meTo my head heart and soul the finest writer of nonfiction ever

  9. 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. 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

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