Category Archives: restaurant

Ten Restaurants that Changed America

Americans love to eat French, from Delmonico’s Gilded Age excesses to Chez Panisse’s refined perfection. But don’t overlook Howard Johnson’s ice cream and fried clams, Mama Leone’s exuberant pasta, and Antoine’s classic Creole. So while French may be a default setting, Americans … Continue reading

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Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. Elsa Schiaparelli And clearly Pamela Strobel could cast a spell. In their introduction to this reprint edition, Matt Lee and Ted Lee, self-taught scholars of Southern foodways, describe the character of Strobel’s … Continue reading

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To Live and Dine in L.A.

One of the things I did on my summer vacation was visit Los Angeles, and I was delighted to be able to see the exhibit that accompanies this book (though sad to just miss the re-opening of Clifton’s Cafeteria!). And as … Continue reading

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New England Soup Factory Cookbook

As thin as the homeopathic soups that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death –Abraham Lincoln In the depths of a gray winter or even in the soft light of a new spring, I’ll sometimes … Continue reading

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The Language of Food

Every once in a while, and actually more and more often, culinary history breaks into the wider media world. This book certainly did, and for good reason. Jurafsky, a linguist at Stanford University scans historical menus and cookbooks, as well as … Continue reading

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Vintro Kitchen

  Our eyes must have their share. –Italian proverb It’s a pleasure and an education to watch a new restaurant come to life. From a dirt floor to the final tweak of table settings, the restaurant is shaped by passion, … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Gourmet’s France

Gourmets dig their graves with their teeth. –French proverb When I was a graduate student (also known as The Years of Ramen and Peanut Butter) I’d take a break from papers and presentations by finding a comfy chair near a window in the … Continue reading

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