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Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

Review:

"Although frozen foods made Birds Eye a household name, few were familiar with Clarence Birdseye (1886 – 1956), developer of the fast-freezing process that became a multibillion-dollar international industry. In the first biography of the eccentric Brooklyn-born inventor, award-winning food author Kurlansky (Cod) brings Birdseye to life as he outlines the twists and turns of his unusual career. In a 1945 interview Birdseye stated that G.A. Henty's 1891 novel Redskin and Cowboy 'first influenced him to live the outdoor life.' Yearning for adventure, he dropped out of Amherst College in 1908 and worked in the southwest as a U.S. Biological Survey naturalist, collected ticks in Montana to research Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and became interested in food preservation in the frozen wilderness of Labrador. Experiments with freezing led to his 1927 patent, which 'truly began the frozen food industry,' yet he had to deal with the same problems Adam Trask faced in John Steinbeck's East of Eden — distrust, since 'frozen vegetables were an unheard-of idea,' and 'no trucks or train cars for frozen food,' Birdseye became a millionaire when Post bought his company for .5 million. Covering the science behind Birdseye's other inventions along with intimate details of his family life, Kurlansky skillfully weaves a fluid narrative of facts on products, packaging, and marketing into this rags-to-riches portrait of the man whose ingenuity brought revolutionary changes to 20th-century life. Agent, Charlotte Sheedy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"The first book-length biography of Clarence Birdseye....[An] intriguing book that...coaxes readers to re-examine everyday miracles like frozen food, and to imagine where places with no indigenous produce would be without them." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"Yes, the frozen-food guy really was named Clarence Birdseye (1886 – 1956), and the story of his adventures is another satisfying dish from the remarkable menu of the author of Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and other treats. Kurlansky...places Birdseye in the same category as Thomas Edison: amateurs who got curious about a problem, played around with it (sometimes for years) and eventually figured it out....Kurlansky tells the exciting tale of Birdseye's adventures, failures and successes (he became a multi-millionaire) and his family, and he also offers engaging snippets about Velveeta, dehydration and Grape-Nuts. The author notes that Birdseye knew that curiosity is 'one essential ingredient' in a fulfilling life; it is a quality that grateful readers also discover in each of Kurlansky's books." Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Review:

"Kurlansky's narrative gifts shine through every chapter." Booklist

Synopsis:

Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385527057
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
biography;food;food history;frozen food
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ART THROUGHOUT TEXT
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.7 x 1.09 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although frozen foods made Birds Eye a household name, few were familiar with Clarence Birdseye (1886 – 1956), developer of the fast-freezing process that became a multibillion-dollar international industry. In the first biography of the eccentric Brooklyn-born inventor, award-winning food author Kurlansky (Cod) brings Birdseye to life as he outlines the twists and turns of his unusual career. In a 1945 interview Birdseye stated that G.A. Henty's 1891 novel Redskin and Cowboy 'first influenced him to live the outdoor life.' Yearning for adventure, he dropped out of Amherst College in 1908 and worked in the southwest as a U.S. Biological Survey naturalist, collected ticks in Montana to research Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and became interested in food preservation in the frozen wilderness of Labrador. Experiments with freezing led to his 1927 patent, which 'truly began the frozen food industry,' yet he had to deal with the same problems Adam Trask faced in John Steinbeck's East of Eden — distrust, since 'frozen vegetables were an unheard-of idea,' and 'no trucks or train cars for frozen food,' Birdseye became a millionaire when Post bought his company for .5 million. Covering the science behind Birdseye's other inventions along with intimate details of his family life, Kurlansky skillfully weaves a fluid narrative of facts on products, packaging, and marketing into this rags-to-riches portrait of the man whose ingenuity brought revolutionary changes to 20th-century life. Agent, Charlotte Sheedy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The first book-length biography of Clarence Birdseye....[An] intriguing book that...coaxes readers to re-examine everyday miracles like frozen food, and to imagine where places with no indigenous produce would be without them."
"Review" by , "Yes, the frozen-food guy really was named Clarence Birdseye (1886 – 1956), and the story of his adventures is another satisfying dish from the remarkable menu of the author of Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and other treats. Kurlansky...places Birdseye in the same category as Thomas Edison: amateurs who got curious about a problem, played around with it (sometimes for years) and eventually figured it out....Kurlansky tells the exciting tale of Birdseye's adventures, failures and successes (he became a multi-millionaire) and his family, and he also offers engaging snippets about Velveeta, dehydration and Grape-Nuts. The author notes that Birdseye knew that curiosity is 'one essential ingredient' in a fulfilling life; it is a quality that grateful readers also discover in each of Kurlansky's books."
"Review" by , "Kurlansky's narrative gifts shine through every chapter."
"Synopsis" by , Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.
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