The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat

Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance

Book - 2012 | First Free Press hardcover edition
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"From the bestselling author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse comes the first biography of the father of the American food revolution, who introduced the world to the likes of Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck, and Alice Waters. From his first day on the job as the New York Times food critic, Craig Claiborne excited readers by introducing them to food worlds unknown, from initiating them in the standards of the finest French cuisine and the tantalizing joys of the then mostly unknown foods of India, China, Mexico, Spain, to extolling the pleasures of "exotic" ingredients like arugula, and praising "newfangled" tools like the Cuisinart, which once he'd given his stamp of approval became wildly popular. A good review of a restaurant guaranteed a full house for weeks, while a bad review might close a kitchen down. Based on unprecedented access to Claiborne's personal papers and interviews with a host of food world royalty, including Jacques Pepin, Gael Greene, and Alice Waters, Tom McNamee offers a lively and vivid account of Claiborne's extraordinary adventure in food, from his own awakening in the bistros of Paris, to his legendary wine-soaked dinner parties, to his travels to colorful locals from Morocco to Saigon, and the infamous $4,000 dinner he shared in Paris with French chef Pierre Franey that made front-page news. More than an engrossing biography, this is the story of the country's transition from enchantment with frozen TV dinners to a new consciousness of truly good cooking"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2012
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439191507
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 CLA 2012
Characteristics: vii, 339 pages ; 24 cm

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mikelindq Jun 13, 2014

This fascinating book about a complex, troubled, and driven man, who gave impetus to broad social change, cries out for a screen treatment. Ultimately, and paradoxically for someone who opened a new avenue of enjoyment for so many and who seemed to have no end of friends to invite to the next dinner for four or reception for four hundred, Claiborne's life was arguably a sad, empty, and quasi-tragic one.

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