Provence, 1970

Provence, 1970

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

Book - 2013
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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
0307718344
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 B2706P 2013
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm

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andrea_m
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.

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patcarstensen
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.

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EmilyEm
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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