The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat - Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance-logo

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat - Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance

Thomas McNamee

In the 1950s, America was a land of overdone roast beef and canned green beans-a gastronomic wasteland. Most restaurants relied on frozen, second-rate ingredients and served bogus "Continental" cuisine. Authentic French, Italian, and Chinese foods were virtually unknown. There was no such thing as food criticism at the time, and no such thing as a restaurant critic. Cooking at home wasn't thought of as a source of pleasure. Guests didn't chat around the kitchen. Professional equipment and cookware were used only in restaurants. One man changed all that. From the bestselling author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse comes the first biography of the passionate gastronome and troubled genius who became the most powerful force in the history of American food-the founding father of the American food revolution. From his first day in 1957 as the food editor of the New York Times, Craig Claiborne was going to take his readers where they had never been before. Claiborne extolled the pleasures of exotic cuisines from all around the world, and with his inspiration, restaurants of every ethnicity blossomed. So many things we take for granted now were introduced to us by Claiborne-crème fraîche, arugula, balsamic vinegar, the Cuisinart, chef's knives, even the salad spinner. He would give Julia Child her first major book review. He brought Paul Bocuse, the Troisgros brothers, Paul Prudhomme, and Jacques Pépin to national acclaim. His $4,000 dinner for two in Paris was a front-page story in the Times and scandalized the world. And while he defended the true French nouvelle cuisine against bastardization, he also reveled in a well-made stew or a good hot dog. He made home cooks into stars-Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Diana Kennedy, and many others. And Claiborne made dinner an event-whether dining out, delighting your friends, or simply cooking for your family. His own dinner parties were legendary. Claiborne was the perfect Mississippi gentleman, but his inner life was one of conflict and self-doubt. Constrained by his po

In the 1950s, America was a land of overdone roast beef and canned green beans-a gastronomic wasteland. Most restaurants relied on frozen, second-rate ingredients and served bogus "Continental" cuisine. Authentic French, Italian, and Chinese foods were virtually unknown. There was no such thing as food criticism at the time, and no such thing as a restaurant critic. Cooking at home wasn't thought of as a source of pleasure. Guests didn't chat around the kitchen. Professional equipment and cookware were used only in restaurants. One man changed all that. From the bestselling author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse comes the first biography of the passionate gastronome and troubled genius who became the most powerful force in the history of American food-the founding father of the American food revolution. From his first day in 1957 as the food editor of the New York Times, Craig Claiborne was going to take his readers where they had never been before. Claiborne extolled the pleasures of exotic cuisines from all around the world, and with his inspiration, restaurants of every ethnicity blossomed. So many things we take for granted now were introduced to us by Claiborne-crème fraîche, arugula, balsamic vinegar, the Cuisinart, chef's knives, even the salad spinner. He would give Julia Child her first major book review. He brought Paul Bocuse, the Troisgros brothers, Paul Prudhomme, and Jacques Pépin to national acclaim. His $4,000 dinner for two in Paris was a front-page story in the Times and scandalized the world. And while he defended the true French nouvelle cuisine against bastardization, he also reveled in a well-made stew or a good hot dog. He made home cooks into stars-Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Diana Kennedy, and many others. And Claiborne made dinner an event-whether dining out, delighting your friends, or simply cooking for your family. His own dinner parties were legendary. Claiborne was the perfect Mississippi gentleman, but his inner life was one of conflict and self-doubt. Constrained by his po
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In the 1950s, America was a land of overdone roast beef and canned green beans-a gastronomic wasteland. Most restaurants relied on frozen, second-rate ingredients and served bogus "Continental" cuisine. Authentic French, Italian, and Chinese foods were virtually unknown. There was no such thing as food criticism at the time, and no such thing as a restaurant critic. Cooking at home wasn't thought of as a source of pleasure. Guests didn't chat around the kitchen. Professional equipment and cookware were used only in restaurants. One man changed all that. From the bestselling author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse comes the first biography of the passionate gastronome and troubled genius who became the most powerful force in the history of American food-the founding father of the American food revolution. From his first day in 1957 as the food editor of the New York Times, Craig Claiborne was going to take his readers where they had never been before. Claiborne extolled the pleasures of exotic cuisines from all around the world, and with his inspiration, restaurants of every ethnicity blossomed. So many things we take for granted now were introduced to us by Claiborne-crème fraîche, arugula, balsamic vinegar, the Cuisinart, chef's knives, even the salad spinner. He would give Julia Child her first major book review. He brought Paul Bocuse, the Troisgros brothers, Paul Prudhomme, and Jacques Pépin to national acclaim. His $4,000 dinner for two in Paris was a front-page story in the Times and scandalized the world. And while he defended the true French nouvelle cuisine against bastardization, he also reveled in a well-made stew or a good hot dog. He made home cooks into stars-Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Diana Kennedy, and many others. And Claiborne made dinner an event-whether dining out, delighting your friends, or simply cooking for your family. His own dinner parties were legendary. Claiborne was the perfect Mississippi gentleman, but his inner life was one of conflict and self-doubt. Constrained by his po

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dick Hill

Length:

12h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

40:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

41:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

30:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

48:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

47:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

37:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

55:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

57:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

53:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

37:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:05