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Love and Kisses and a Halo of Truffles: Letters to Helen Evans Brown

 
 
Author
James Beard. John Ferrone, ed.
Publisher Arcade  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781559703185
Pages/Publication Date 418/1994
Daedalus Item Code 41543
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A pioneer of modern American cookery, James Beard was for more than five decades America's most celebrated cook and food writer. This book collects a rich cache of more than 300 letters—many containing recipes—written to his close friend and fellow chef Helen Evans Brown between 1952 and 1964. Focusing mainly on food but also filled with witty comments on the state of the world as he saw it, these letters offer a close-up look at American culinary and social history during a key period of its evolution.

"This spirited selection of letters ... shows Beard at his wittiest and least pretentious. [John] Ferrone, Beard's editor on six of his books, includes an occasional response from Brown, but the spotlight is on Beard, whose focus is ever food—what he has eaten and where, and the dishes he has prepared himself. Beard describes the enthusiastic dilettantes in his cooking classes and bemoans the banality of American restaurants; throughout he remains true to his credo, 'Good food is so sexy in its way.' A champion of American cooking, he took as much pleasure in his mother's baked beans as in haute cuisine. An appendix of almost 50 recipes, including scallop quiche and onion sandwiches, presents the dishes discussed in the correspondence."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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