Save Room For Pie
Author & Reader: Roy Blount, Jr.
(Audiobook & Original Book - 2016)
Roy Blount, Jr.'s latest book is a serious of humorous food-related anecdotes and poetry. The degree to which I found the stories interesting or funny depended somewhat on my interest level in the general subject. When he spends a chapter explaining why possum makes a good delicacy, I find myself...unconvinced. But when he goes on about jazz singers and their intrinsic relationship with food, my attention was far more enrapt. It was from this book that I learned that Louis Armstrong apparently once said, "I'll probably never be rich, but I will be a fat man." Words to live by.
While some essays are more entertaining than others (I felt his Adam and Eve story went on too long, but far more enjoyed his political ramblings about watermelon towards the end), I didn't come away with as many recipe ideas as I may have expected. He brings up how well Rotel tomatoes go with Velveeta cheese so often, that I eventually tried it in my omelette. Hmmm...not bad, but I think I still prefer my omelettes without cheese.
Since the author is also a radio personality, there is a lot of benefit to him reading his own audiobook. I only wish there was more pause between the separate stories, because he often rambles right from one into another, and it would get a little confusing. However, I don't know if that's his fault, or the fault of whoever edited or directed the reading.