Icons of American Cooking

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
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Before 1946 and the advent of the first television cooking show, James Beard's "I Love to Eat," not many Americans were familiar with the finer aspects of French cuisine. Today, food in the United States has experienced multiple revolutions, having received--and embraced--influences from not only Europe, but cultures ranging from the Far East to Latin America. This expansion of America's appreciation for food is largely the result of a number of well-known food enthusiasts who forever changed how we eat.

"Icons of American Cooking" examines the giants of American food, cooking, and cuisine through 24 biographical profiles of contemporary figures, covering all regions, cooking styles, and ethnic origins. This book fills a gap by providing behind-the-scenes insights into the biggest names in American food, past and present.

 

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User Review  - Lisa A. Ennis - Book Verdict

Part of the "Greenwood Icons" series, this volume takes a brief and basic look at 26 food standouts (the preface says 24, but two of the chapters cover two people). The series has three requirements ... Read full review

Contents

Mario Batali
13
James Beard
25
Anthony Bourdain
37
Cecilia Chiang
49
Julia Child
61
Betty Crocker
79
Culinary Institute of America
91
Fannie Farmer and Marion Cunningham
107
Jacques Pépin
183
Paul Prudhomme
195
Rachael Ray
205
Ruth Reichl
217
Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
229
Martha Stewart
243
Charlie Trotter
257
Alice Waters
269

M F K Fisher
117
Mollie Katzen
131
Diana Kennedy
141
Edna Lewis
155
Joan Nathan
169
Chuck Williams
283
Tim and Nina Zagat
295
About the Editors and Contributors
307
Index
309
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About the author (2011)

Victor W. Geraci, PhD, is the food and wine historian and associate director of the University of California Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office (ROHO).

Elizabeth S. Demers, PhD, is senior editor at Potomac Books, Dulles, VA.

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