R. W. Apple Jr., a writer and editor at The New York Times for more than 40 years died Wednesday at age 71. As a foreign correspondent, Apple covered wars, revolutions and the fall of the Soviet bloc. Newsweek explains that Apple was a "Renaissance man" who "made his career covering politics but wrote about pretty much whatever he wanted -- most vividly, food."
His food and travel writing is enchanting: analytical and deeply researched yet light, tenderly personal bouncing toward grouchy and loud. His style (and writing speed) inspired many journalists and a few bloggers too.
The Times has put together an index of Apple's work. (Unfortunately, you need to be a member of TimesSelect to access most of Apple's food writing, but remember that if you are a paid suscriber to the daily print paper, you'll get TimesSelect free.) His articles about sauerkraut and mangosteens are two favorites.
The last article Apple wrote for The Times, The Global Gourmet, ran yesterday.
To learn more about his globe trotting life, read his obituary from The New York Times, or if you want to find out how he earned the nickname Three Lunches, check out this profile by Calvin Trillin from The New Yorker.
(photo: The New York Times)