Wednesday, April 29, 2009

3 Lunch Apple

For over 40 years Robert W. "Johnnie" "3 Lunch" Apple Jr. was a fixture on the staff of the New York Times. The nickname 3 lunch came from his propensity to schedule multiple lunch dates when he was hot on a story. Political reporter, foreign affairs analyst, culture, travel and food writer. Johnnie has a true gift with a pen. Admittedly I had temporarily forgotten Johnnie, until a 3 part coincidence landed in my lap.

First and most importantly I located my copy Apple's America, his 2005 memoir and distinguished travel guide to the 40 best cities in North America. Should you hit the road with any frequency this guide is indispensable, although it is becoming a little long in the tooth, it will tell yoiu where to go, what to do, and where to stay.

Second, I was clearing out old magazines and came across Calvin Trillin's New Yorker profile of Mr. Apple. If you are a fan of Trillin, you may enjoy this send up. The profile also led me to Harvie and Hudson and the gingham shirt fiasco.

Finally, I looked up his Times obit which directed me to the last story printed under Mr. Apples by line, The Global Gourmet an exposition of Johnnie's list of the top ten restaurants in the world.

Skinny food writers always scare me. 3 lunch was, anything but, he was one of the best. He died in 2006.



Pigtown-Design said...

LOVED him!

... And thank you so much for the award. I've been too busy to do anything with it yet. But know it's much appreciated.

Gladys said...

Now see I feel the same way about a chef. I never trust a skinny cook.

ADG said...

Toad...I don't see any emerging replacements for guys like Apple or Trillin for that matter.

Toad said...

I'm not certain I'd agree. There is a wealth of great short story writers on tap. What is changing is the delivery mehanism. The traditional outlets are dying. There may be a number of years where the environment is unsettled, but great writing trumps.

The "No Advertiser" story is a red herring.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more with regard to having anything to do with food and being skinny. I even went so far as to decide between 2 cabinet companies for our kitchen renovation based upon the size of 2 men - both claimed to cook. One was nothing more than skin & bones and pondered what he was 'cooking' - I've gone with the other one, so I'll have to see how it turns out.