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The Taste of America

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The Taste of America is both a history of American cooking and a history of the advice smiling celebrity cooks have asked Americans to swallow." "This much-needed new edition charts Julia Child ("She's not a cook, but she plays one on TV"), chides food maven Ruth Reichl, and marvels at a convention of food technologists (whose program bore the slogan "Eat your heart out, M ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 20th 2000 by University of Illinois Press
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Scary and enlightening. Written in the 70s by Hess and his wife, Karen Hess. He was a NYT food writer. History of U.S. foodways and recipes from about 1650 on. Emphatically knocks Craig Claiborne and Julia Child off their pedestals.
This is a very enlightening and satisfying, albeit depressing, read. I am now even more aware of how impoverished we have become, food wise.
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I love this book. It's a gleeful tearing-apart of the state of American food and tastes in 1972. It's all still relevant, and still very funny.
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