Calvin Trillin

Journalist, Writer
2011Winter

Calvin Trillin is a writer, novelist, essayist, political poet, memoirist, and humorist. Over three hundred of his pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since the 1960s. Trillin has also been a regular columnist for The Nation and Time. Trillin is a prodigious producer of prose and has covered topics such as politics, race, American culture, his childhood, and family, and he has written short stories, novels, and memoirs. He is most known. however, for his writing on food. Called by the Boston Globe “the bard of American idiosyncrasy” and hailed by the New York Times food critic, Molly Haskell, as “a comic Magellan, squeezing through the straits between official culture and down-home tastes,” Trillin has written about Kansas City barbecue ribs, spaghetti carbonara, and the Buffalo chicken wing, among many culinary subjects. His Tummy Trilogy, a collection of the essays on American customs and practices of eating that he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s, appeared in 1994.

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