New York City: A Food Biography

Andrew F. Smith

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New York City: A Food Biography

New York City A Food Biography New York City s first food biography showcases all the vibrancy innovation diversity influence and taste of this most celebrated American metropolis Its cuisine has developed as a lively potluck s

  • Title: New York City: A Food Biography
  • Author: Andrew F. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781442227125
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New York City s first food biography showcases all the vibrancy, innovation, diversity, influence, and taste of this most celebrated American metropolis Its cuisine has developed as a lively potluck supper, where discrete culinary traditions have survived, thrived, and interacted For almost 400 years New York s culinary influence has been felt in other cities and communiNew York City s first food biography showcases all the vibrancy, innovation, diversity, influence, and taste of this most celebrated American metropolis Its cuisine has developed as a lively potluck supper, where discrete culinary traditions have survived, thrived, and interacted For almost 400 years New York s culinary influence has been felt in other cities and communities worldwide New York s restaurants, such as Delmonico s, created and sustained haute cuisine in this country Grocery stores and supermarkets that were launched here became models for national food distribution More cookbooks have been published in New York than in all other American cities combined Foreign and fancy foods, including hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, Waldorf salad, and baked Alaska, were introduced to Americans through New York s colorful street vendors, cooks, and restaurateurs As Smith shows here, the city s ever changing culinary life continues to fascinate and satiate both natives and visitors alike.

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    1. John on said:

      I was a little disappointed with this book, for a few reasons. For one thing, there wasn't a ton in here about what makes NYC unique, and that was really what I was looking for. A lot of the book, especially early on, felt like it could have been a history of any city. NY had bakeries, here is some info. NY had markets, here is some info. NY had some early restaurants, here is some info. I didn't really get what I came for until the very end, when part of the last chapter had a series of brief h [...]

    2. Christina Dudley on said:

      If you enjoyed Mark Kurlansky's THE BIG OYSTER, chances are you will like this book, a history of New York City through its food traditions. Author Smith casts a much wider net (obviously), and the extensive ground he has to cover results in some passages reading more like a bibliography or reference book than a narrative nonfiction history, but there were still many interesting ah-ha moments and curious anecdotes to make this a worthwhile read. Who knew that early public markets in the city car [...]

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