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by Evan Jones

Traces the life of flamboyant New York chef James Beard, from his childhood in Portland and operatic training in London to his move to the East, the publishing of his first cookbook, and the training of many great chefs
Download Epicurean Delight: The Life and Times of James Beard epub
ISBN: 039457415X
ISBN13: 978-0394574158
Category: Biographies
Author: Evan Jones
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (October 10, 1990)
Pages: 366 pages
ePUB size: 1277 kb
FB2 size: 1606 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 546
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Brilliantly written homage to father of contemporary cuisine in our country. "In the beginning there was Beard" so aptly put by Julia Child--let us not forget the triumvirate, the true "Tres Gourmandes" who handed us our culinary future--Beard, Child & Claiborne! Great read, great recipes, great insight...Fabulous!
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In The New Yorker's marvelous compendium of food writing, Endless Feasts, there are two superior articles about James Beard, by Jay Jacobs. Those are much more fun to read than this book. One of the problems with Epicurean Delights is it mentions lots and lots of people that simply arent that well known unless you were in the restaurant business 30 years ago, in New York. That gets dull after awhile. After every section, there are several pages of Beard's recipes, none of which I found alluring. While Beard was undoubtedly at the forefront of the American food revolution, whatever trends he established have long been run over by later chefs, notably Alice Waters and the fresh-food enthusiasts. The end of the book gets a little gossipy in an unhelpful way, too. The author is listed as Evan Jones, but it was actually written by him and his wife, who was Julia Child's editor for Mastering the Art of French Cooking. You can tell, reading the book, that there are two writers at work, and one of them is better than the other. I'm going to get Beard's autobiography Delights and Prejudices and see what he has to say for himself.
Food in the United States, after World War II, was most influenced by three people; Julia Child, Craig Clairborne and James Beard. This book gives a up-close and in-depth look into the life of one of the food worlds most interesting people, written by someone, Evan Jones, who actually knew James Beard for almost the last two decades of Beards life. Also, Jones wife, Judith Jones, was the book editor for most of the cook books written by James Beard from the early 1970's until his death.

Excellent reading for anyone seeking more knowledge into the life of James Beard and others who shaped the food landscape of American eating.
Great book about a great man--good recipes included, too.