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Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Before Julia Child introduced the American housewife to France’s cuisine bourgeoise, before Alice Waters built her Berkeley shrine to local food, before Wolfgang Puck added Asian flavors to classical dishes and caviar to pizza, the restaurateurs and entrepreneurs of the early twentieth century were changing the way America ate. Beginning with the simplest eateries and food ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 28th 2013 by W. W. Norton Company
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Leslie Goddard
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the vintage menus with their lavish food selections and often-intricate (or even charmingly homemade) graphics. Simply having these menus in print makes this book a real treasure. But I'm not entirely sure who the audience is for this book. It's not really for academics, since it doesn't have a lot of in-depth analysis into the topic nor does it put its topic in the context of academic histories of similar topics or the framework of current historical thinking. But it's not nece ...more
Gail
Sep 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I gave this book one start mainly due to the amount of errors. There were so many typos, missing punctuation, incorrect words used, etc., that it started to become annoying and I just gave up reading it by page 104. It's obvious that no proofreader even looked at it. I actually wrote down all of the pages beginning with page 56 up to page 99, with the paragraphs and sentences that had the errors and e-mailed the author. So far, I haven't heard back.
It's really too bad, because the subject matter
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vvb
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating history reference in regards to American eating habit transition during the early 1900s. I specifically liked learning about how women fared during those days and how they influenced eating establishments as more and more of them entered the work world.

The various menus included were interesting to look over. Some of the dishes were amusing to see.
Barbara Melosh
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written history that is attentive to class, sex, and ethnicity, and enhanced with photographs used as evidence, not simply illustration. Beautiful production too, great design and high quality paper.
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Michael Lesy’s books include Angel’s World and Long Time Coming. In 2006 he was named one of the first United States Artists Fellowship recipients, and in 2013 was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. A professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College; he lives in Massachusetts.