Tomorrow night (that's August 19) ex-New York Times
restaurant critic Frank Bruni will come out of several closets in his first network interview, airing on ABC's Nightline
(channel 7, locally) at 11:35 p.m. He's flacking his new memoir, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater
, fully illustrated with no-longer-illicit photos of his heretofore embargoed visage. The shocking revelations of the book are, well, not so much that Bruni's gay, but that he's a recovered bulimic -- a tendency one might think would make the critic's job the proverbial double-edged knife-and-fork. And, as a good bulimic, he also exposes his druggy past (laxatives, legal; amphetamines, less so). Favorite quote from chapter one: "'So,' Jared asked, 'did it taste as good coming up as it did going down?'"
The longtime restaurant critic is slamming the door on his five years of sub rosa restaurant reviewing with a bang, showing his face not only on the cover of Born Round, but apparently everywhere else he can. His binge of media rounds includes a local appearance at Omnivore Books (3885 Cesar Chavez at Church)) on Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 6 p.m. The Bay Area's own Michael Pollan calls Born Round "a food memoir for our time ... by turns shocking and hilarious ... as addictive as Chinese sesame noodles and as satisfying as Grandma Bruni's lasagne."
Whet your appetite for the show (if we haven't yet eliminated it, so to speak) with Nightline clippage. And here. And again here.