There are recognizable food landmarks in the book: Jenks and Wollenska, "a veritable Museum of Modern Food", is undoubtedly Dean and DeLuca. The little Middle Eastern joint called It Pays To Eat Well, where the "babaganoush [sic] was as lavish as love", is the essence of several famously cheap restaurants on Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue, near the author's first restaurant. What's even more provo-cative, though, is the fact that Allison's supporting characters are so clearly based on real people. On page one, Slav Czesny, an astrologer, foretells Kitterina's food-filled future; a real soothsayer named Alex Szogyi travels in New York's food circles. Next, a much more obvious and nationally known character enters. Kitterina, now nicknamed Kitchie, goes to work for the bullying Baron Bernard DeGroat, a blind food writer, in pursuit of the destiny predicted by Slav. Like the late, sightless Baron Roy Andries de Groot, DeGroat seems more respectful of his Seeing Eye dog than of his dutiful wife.