More Jim Harrison


Chef Mario Batali interviews Jim Harrison in this brief Food & Wine article. I particularly enjoyed Harrison’s take on America’s “big curse,” and his reply to the last question is priceless.



36 thoughts on “More Jim Harrison

  1. I’m trying to learn to be kinder when people interrupt me…
    My friends and I are always trying to find a restaurant where we can hear each other (We don’t go to the whispery places ever). Turning the music down would be helpful in many cases. We are old and hard of hearing. (K)

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  2. I liked everything about this except the wine thing. He’s totally right about quiet restaurants. But not ridiculously loud patrons, there has to be a medium volume.
    Someone get me a simple “GO AWAY!” sign, in flashing purple neon, buy me a secluded mountain cabin with a large freezer and refrigerator, a small grill, an internet hookup and Netflix, weekly grocery allowance, a semi-annual side of beef and a side of pork, a LOT of coffee, a little beer, and some unpretentious (cheap) Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, in enormous bottles. Or both.

    I don’t know why, but I get the impression when this guy talks about not being able to afford good wine on his budget he’s talking about $200 bottles and now (tragic! SADNESS! DRAAAAMAAA!) he can only afford $30-$50 bottles (WAAAAH!). I can afford $8 once in a while, and feel like I’ve splurged for $14. Anyway, meet my conditions and I’ll write the next great American Novel. I promise. I’ll get a part time job somewhere for essentials, and crank that sucker out over the next 10 years. Continue the arrangement and I’ll write a sequel every 10 years, or start a new series. Because, I don’t need much. 😀

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  3. Personal preferences bend toward quiet restaurants … opposite of modern noise levels intended to make you feel you’re at a party and drunk (I suppose that’s the intent) that make it impossible to hold a conversation with someone more than 2 inches away. I like to talk across the table and not have to hear what’s happening at the next table!

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  4. I’m reading A Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Food and Life by Jim Harrison at the moment and really enjoying it. Also, his book of poems, Dead Man’s Float was one of my favorite books of poetry I read last year.

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