The New Yorker is making its archives available for a limited time. Calvin Trillin is one of the best writers, food or otherwise. Trillin has a connection to Canada in that he lives in Nova Scotia in the summer.
Getting to write about food and living in Canada in the summertime: Officially jealous.
Trilin writes about food in a way that conveys place more than the food itself. Trillin wrote about poutine in this 2009 column from the New Yorker called "Funny Food."
"As a punch line, poutine has a lot going for it. Many Canadians believe that it is also good to eat."
In the column, Trillin writes about Wilensky's in Montréal, Smoke's Poutinerie, poutine in Nova Scotia, defying Canadian stereotypes, Rick Mercer, going on a subsequent poutine trip in Montréal.
Especially for 2009, the article is well-researched and lends an insight from a U.S. writer about poutine long before it became cool in hipster circles.
Here is a link to the 2009 Calvin Trillin column in its entirety. Read it while you can.
Special thanks to the Food Republic Web site for letting us know about this gem from the New Yorker.
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