Start the Fire: How I Began A Food Revolution In America

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HarperCollins, Apr 4, 2017 - Cooking - 416 pages


Newly revised and reissued to coincide with The Last Magnificent, a documentary feature produced by Anthony Bourdain, the indelible and entertaining memoir from Jeremiah Tower which chronicles life at the front lines of redefining modern American cuisine.

Widely recognized as the godfather of modern American cooking, Jeremiah Tower is one of the most influential cooks of the last forty years. In 2004, he rocked the culinary world with a tell-all story of his lifelong love affair with food, and the restaurants and people along the way.

In this newly revised edition of his memoir, retitled Start the Fire, Tower shares with wit and honesty his insights into cooking, chefs, celebrities, and what really goes on in the kitchen. Above all, Tower rhapsodizes about food—the meals choreographed like great ballets, the menus scored like concertos. No other book reveals more about the seeds sown in the seventies, the excesses of the eighties, and the self-congratulations of the nineties.

With a new introduction by the author, Start the Fire is an essential account of the most important years in the history of American cooking, from one of its singular personalities.


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The Cuisine Game
The Region Called America
The Sauce for Being Served
The Fun of American Food
Whos Killing the Great Chefs?
Fighting for Stars
Stars in Our Eyes
The Judges Pronounce

America Again
The Language of Menus
Truth or Myth
From Elizabeth David to Fernand Point
A Week in the Life of Chez Panisse
Back to the Future
California Kickstarts the Future
From Delmonicos to Daddy Beard
The Good Cook
On the Stairs to Stars
Recreating the Grill
California Changes Americas Face
They Roll into Town like Rock Stars
Riding the Press Tiger
God Laughs
Stars for Grabs
Culinary Americas Midlife Crisis
Letting the Dice Fly High
Long Live the Evolution
A Bibliography

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About the author (2017)

Jeremiah Tower was the chef and co-owner in the 1970s of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and Stars restaurant in San Francisco. Tower’s first book, New American Classics, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1986 for Best American Regional Cookbook. In 1996, Tower won the Beard Award for Best Chef in America. He lives in Mexico.

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