Beard on Food by James Beard - 1974 Edition Second Printing - Food Memoir and Cookbook
THERE ARE REALLY NO NEW RECIPES, ONLY MILLIONS OF VARIATIONS SPARKED BY SOMEBODY'S IMAGINATION AND DESIRE TO BE A LITTLE BIT CREATIVE AND DIFFERENT. -- JAMES BEARD
In the 1970s, James Beard wrote a syndicated column about any and all things food-related from recipes to equipment, travel to technique, preparation to personal taste. In 1974, he bundled the best of those articles and recipes into this book, Beard on Food, which reads more like a table conversation than a traditional memoir or cookbook. The result is an intimate dive into the mind and heart of one of America's most beloved gourmands of all time.
Broken down into eleven loosely assembled "chapters," this book is fascinating from page one. J.B. provides so much interesting information pulled both from history and his own experiences, that this book becomes not only a cookbook but a culinary reference book too. He talks about restaurants he visited, the origin stories of ingredients, cooking flops that proved terrible, and culinary creativities that caught instant success. He meanders through thoughts on equipment he loves (and loathes), childhood experiences, party planning, kitchen modernization, wine and spices, and the best time of day to enjoy a glass of sherry, etc., in such a captivating and intriguing voice you'll be captivated from the start. In this book, nothing is ever dull and the recipes are written out in paragraph form inviting readers into the story he's telling. If you ever regretted not meeting the magnanimous James Beard in real life, than this is your next best opportunity to get to know the big guy himself.
- Contains over 200 recipes
- 1978 edition, 2nd printing
- 316 pages, not including index
- Includes original dust jacket
- Illustrated throughout by Bill Greer
In good vintage condition, this book is clean and bright throughout with no markings but does contain some foxing along the foredge and on the first few pages at the front and back of the book. The spine is tight. All pages are intact. The dust jacket is in one piece with no rips or tears. there is one small water stain on the back top edge of the dust jacket. Please see photos.
Measures 9.5" inches (length) x 6.5" inches (width) x 1.5" inches (depth) and weighs 1.14 oz.
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