Thomas McNamee signs " The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne..."
The first biography of the father of the American food revolution - Craig Claiborne, who introduced the world to the likes of Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck, and Alice Waters. From his first day on the job in 1957 as the food editor of the "New York Times,", Claiborne excited readers by introducing them to food worlds unknown, from initiating them in the standards of the finest French cuisine and the tantalizing joys of the then mostly unknown foods of India, China, Mexico, Spain, to extolling the pleasures of "exotic" ingredients like arugula, and praising "newfangled" tools like the Cuisinart. So many things we take for granted now were introduced to us by Claiborne-- crème fraiche, arugula, balsamic vinegar, chef's knives, even the salad spinner. Based on unprecedented access to Claiborne's personal papers and interviews with a host of food world royalty, Thomas McNamee offers a lively and vivid account of Claiborne's extraordinary adventure in food. More than an engrossing biography, this is the story of the country's transition from enchantment with frozen TV dinners to a new consciousness of truly good cooking.
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
387 Perkins Road Extended