But what's most interesting about Griscom is that while she could lead practically any life she liked, she chose a career in the most democratic profession of all: food. Griscom, a self-described foodie, is the coanchor with Alan Richman (full disclosure: he's my husband) of the Food Network's restaurant show Dining Around. To do her job well, she hits the streets every day.
She can tell you where to find the most delicious po'boy in New Orleans (Uglesich's) or the best cheese steak in Philly (Beato's). She knows when the salmon start running up the Columbia River (in late February). She can counsel you on what to buy at a market in Marrakech or Milan and what butchers to avoid in the Marais district of Paris. She's forever jotting down information in a tiny Palm Pilot, an electronic device she attached with Velcro to the back of a Filofax. She later downloads the notes to her laptop. (She has exhausted three hard drives to date.) She is, in sum, a reliable source of how, what and where we eat in the Nineties.
How does Griscom make the transition from a life filled with paparazzi to one focused on pappardelle? "I grew up in a family that loved food," she explains. "Not only eating it but talking about it as well. Whenever we got together for
a meal, we immediately began planning the next one." Griscom clearly enjoys eating, though she's so slender that the evidence is only anecdotal. "I love things like foie gras, shepherd's pie, cassoulet. And marrow! Oh my God, marrow--with a spoon! That would be right up there among my last wishes," she enthuses. "You're not going to get me worked up over a piece of grilled fish."