Mark Kurlansky had much cool to say about Paris food markets, taste, agri-industry and, of course, Zola. He's apparently been in love with the novel for ages, which is what it took — ages — to get "Belly of Paris" into print. Five years, precisely: way longer than any of his many book projects.
We talked a bit about Zola the writer, Paris the city of misunderstood eaters, and another of his recent projects, this one on WPA food writing. You can read about it next Wednesday in the Scene section of the Tulsa World. But I might go get my copy now of "Belly."