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The Solace of Food: A Life of James Beard

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Publisher Comments:

IN THE BEGINNING there was Beard," said Julia Child, and perhaps no other individual played such a central role in America’s postwar fascination with food and cooking. James Beard took American food seriously at a time when French cuisine was revered above all others, and his ebullient personality, genuine culinary talents, and assiduous self-promotion (he once called himself "the world’s greatest gastronomic whore") transformed the struggling actor from Oregon into a world-renowned authority on cooking and eating. First published as James Beard, a Biography (HarperCollins, 1993), this award-winning book was chosen as a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review and called one of the best food books of the year by Julia Child on "Good Morning America." The Solace of Food is both the definitive biography of Beard and a fascinating history of food. Clark writes candidly about the "feuds and bitchery, betrayal and revenge" inside the food world and about Beard’s homosexuality in a closeted period. "Clark has given us a vivid portrait of a sometimes bizarre but ultimately fascinating man of our times," said the Times, "but his real achievement is having produced a valuable and thoroughly engrossing work of contemporary cultural history."

Synopsis:

In the Beginning there was Beard", said Julia Child, and perhaps no other individual played such a central role in America's postwar fascination with food and cooking. First published as James Beard: A Biography (HarperCollins, 1993), this award-winning book was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Robert Clark writes candidly about the "feuds and bitchery, betrayal and revenge" inside the food world and about Beard's homosexuality in a closeted period. "A conscientious researcher as well as a rattling good writer, Clark has given us a vivid portrait of a sometimes bizarre but ultimately fascinating man of our times. But his real achievement is having produced a valuable and thoroughly engrossing work of contemporary cultural history" (New York Times Book Review).

Synopsis:

A NYTBR Notable Book of the Year A vivid portrait...a thoroughly engrossing work of contemporary cultural history. --The New York Times Book Review

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-341) and index.

About the Author

ROBERT CLARK is the author of River of the West and numerous articles on food, wine, and agriculture. He is a former editor of the Journal of Gastronomy, the prestigious publication of the American Institute of Wine and Food. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781883642044
Author:
Clark, Robert
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
South Royalton, Vt. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Cooks
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Cooks -- United States -- Biography.
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
[v. 3]
Publication Date:
June 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
357
Dimensions:
9.25x6.03x1.03 in. 1.14 lbs.

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Biography » Cooking

The Solace of Food: A Life of James Beard
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Product details 357 pages Steerforth Press - English 9781883642044 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the Beginning there was Beard", said Julia Child, and perhaps no other individual played such a central role in America's postwar fascination with food and cooking. First published as James Beard: A Biography (HarperCollins, 1993), this award-winning book was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Robert Clark writes candidly about the "feuds and bitchery, betrayal and revenge" inside the food world and about Beard's homosexuality in a closeted period. "A conscientious researcher as well as a rattling good writer, Clark has given us a vivid portrait of a sometimes bizarre but ultimately fascinating man of our times. But his real achievement is having produced a valuable and thoroughly engrossing work of contemporary cultural history" (New York Times Book Review).
"Synopsis" by , A NYTBR Notable Book of the Year A vivid portrait...a thoroughly engrossing work of contemporary cultural history. --The New York Times Book Review
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