Gael Greene In her role as restaurant critic of New York Magazine (1968 to January 2002) Detroit-born Gael Greene helped change the way New Yorkers (and many Americans) think about food.
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ice Cream But Were Too Fat To Ask," "The Mafia Guide to Dining Out." and " Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen" were early pieces. In more recent years her annual roundup of New York City's dining favorites, Ask Gael, was a gourmand's collectible for many years and she continues to write a weekly Ask Gael column for NYM. Earlier she worked at the New York Post.
As co-founder with James Beard and a continuing force behind Citymeals-on-Wheels as board chair, Ms. Greene has made a significant impact on the city of New York. Citymeals, the largest public/private partnership in the country, has raised $200 million in its twenty-six-year history to help feed the city's frail elderly shut-ins.
Ms. Greene's memoir, "Insatiable, Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess" was published April, 2006. Earlier non-fiction books include "Delicious Sex, A Gourmet Guide for Women and the Men Who Want to Love Them Better" and "BITE: A New York Restaurant Strategy." Her two novels Blue skies, No Candy" and "Doctor Love" were NY Times best sellers.
My Summer Flea Market: Fish Poacher. Bob Wade Prints. Carpenter's Sign. Antique Pasta Machine. Coal Scuttle. Vintage Evening Bags. Brooches. Rooster Weather Vane.
Steven always indulged my flea market obsession. He found markets compelling, mysterious, full of wonder. He hid his camera inside a cotton vest, his eye ready for the captured moment. In Paris, we would stroll through Vanves on Saturday, feigning nonchalance in the event of unearthing a serious find. On Sunday, we'd take the Metro to the end of the line at the Porte de Clignancourt. I'd get down to serious bargaining in the market of Serpette or the sprawl across the street while Steven studied the antique carpentry tools. Often we would meet a friend for lunch, mussels au vin blanc or frisée with lardons and a poached egg.
Settled in Beijing for the month of March in 1997, Steven and I spent every weekend in the Panjiayuan (Dirt) Market. He had never been much of a collector, but in that sprawl of trash and treasures he discovered bargaining -- a thrilling sport. Of course, all of India was a teeming, tempting bazaar. Shelves in our apartment are filled with his stone signature stamps, Buddhas, masks, betel nut cutters and Ganesha the elephant god.
If you read this newsletter, or my tweets, you know I've been trying to find new homes for some of my precious clutter. Now, hoping the end of summer might have put you in an acquisitive mood, here is a motley assortment of treasures.
The Art of Fish Poaching
I found this enamelware fish poacher in a box of kitchen stuff. It's exactly what you need to steam or poach a large striper or bluefish, even a very large one. There's a lifter inside so it doesn't break when you try to wrestle it to the platter. The pot is 21 inches across, 10 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It was missing one handle when I bought it. $150 plus shipping. Or pick it up from the front desk in my office.
Bob Wade Framed
Steven knew the artist Bob Wade from installing his work at the Aspen Art Museum. Read about Bob "Daddy-O" Wade by clicking here. When we ran into Bob and his wife in Santa Fe, he was eager to take us to his favorite Tex-Mex joint. And the next time we met he sent me two of the marvelous prints that are his signature.
Wade takes old postcards and vintage black and white photos and prints them on photosensitive fabric. Then he airbrushes them with transparent layers of acrylic color in muted tones.
My prints, "Hula Girls" and "Indian Warriors," are framed -- image size 11" X 19", framed size 17¾" X 25." $400 each.
Vintage Pasta Machine
Made of wood and wrought iron with a decorative gold paint, this handsome vintage pasta machine has a wheel that turns to knead and stretch. $100 plus shipping. Or pick it up.
Rooster Weather Vane
Here's a perfect gift for Marcus Samuelsson or Paul Bocuse or any other rooster fancier you know. It's an early folk art rooster on a stand we had made especially for it. It's 24 inches tall, 14 inches at its widest. The base is 10" by 4". $250 plus shipping.