A wildly hilarious and irreverent memoir of a globe-trotting life lived meal-to-meal by one of our most influential and respected food critics
CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group
Founder of Shake Shack
New York Times bestselling author of Setting the Table
“A timely and delectable smorgasbord of dishes and dishing … this honest, revealing and funny book is as deeply pleasurable as the soup dumplings Platt learned to love as a boy.”
Lisa Abend [New York Times Sunday Book Review]
“The best thing about Platt’s new memoir, “The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony,” is the way he dispenses with pretense in general. He does not pretend, even though he knows a great deal, to be a super-foodie. He’s maniacally self-deprecating. He serves good stories because he doesn’t over-batter them.”
Adam Platt has been the chief restaurant critic and professional glutton in residence for New York magazine since 2000. Mr Platt is the son of a US diplomat and a graduate of the American School in Japan, where he worked on the school paper and spent a year riding the bench as the backup center for the champion ASIJ Mustangs basketball team. He is also a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and perhaps the only working food critic ever to earn a degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
During the course of a paripatetic, well travelled career in the magazine business, Mr. Platt has contributed to many publications as a contract writer and staffer including Esquire, The New York Observer, Conde Nast Traveler and the New Yorker. His writing has been nominated for various awards over the years, and he won the James Beard Award for his restaurant reviews in 2009. Adam lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and two pizza-loving daughters. You can read his work online @nymag and follow his social media musings @plattypants on Instagram and Twitter.