Provence, 1970

Provence, 1970

M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

Book - 2013 | First edition
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Presents a dramatic account of the 1970 gathering in Provence where such culinary luminaries as James Beard and Julia Child debated and inadvertently launched the modern food movement in America.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307718341
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 B2706P 2013
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 06, 2015

I found myself skimming large parts of this. Some bits were interesting (the Fisher and Olney bits), but as a book it has a bloated quality.

Jun 20, 2015

He needs to say "things were changing" less often. The book was disappointing after what I had heard about it.

mikelindq Jun 13, 2014

Well written, it's a fun and interesting account. Fans of Childs' "My Life in France" will find it enjoyable. While a good read, it's utterly devoid of the drama suggested by the publisher's notes. One oddity: Although well-researched and based in large part upon M.F.K. Fischer's journal entries and letters exchanged among the principals, there are frustratingly few actual quoted passages from those resources.

Mar 16, 2014

M.F.K. Fisher?s nephew writes a tribute to five giants of the world of food?the legendary editor Judith Jones is also included?at what he sees as a seminal moment in America?s changing tastes. It?s well-documented and based on collections of these writers? journals and correspondence.

I think the author pushed his notion about this moment in time a bit far although he did have some people still living to interview. But, as someone who was a budding foodie at this time I can attest to their influence on me as their books graced my shelves-and in some cases, still do. Interesting if don?t take too seriously!


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