Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 1934–1961
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Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 1934–1961

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Before Julia Child’s warbling voice and towering figure burst into America’s homes, a gourmet food movement was already sweeping the nation. Setting the Table for Julia Child considers how the tastes and techniques cultivated at dining clubs and in the pages of Gourmet magazine helped prepare many affluent Americans for Child’s lessons in French cooking.

David Strauss argue...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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While Julia Child is often heralded as the sole savior who elevated American cuisine, Strauss chronicles the growing momentum of the gourmet movement that reached a climax of sorts at the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Before there was Julia, there was:

- A gaggle of elitist, male-centered gourmet dining societies, which begin in the 1930s (this is interesting for about 10 pages, but there are two chapters on this)

- Gourmet magazine, whose first issue comes out in 1941, which...more
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A very concise and descriptive read. The research and references reflect the author's dedication to accuracy. A great compilation for an era that produced amazing talent and clothed the table for today's enthusiasm.
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