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My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today

 
 
Author
Nora Pouillon, with Laura Fraser.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6.15 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780385350754
Pages/Publication Date 261/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59525
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This wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded America's first certified organic restaurant is the story of a largely unheralded culinary pioneer who made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to the American table. Nora Pouillon grew up on a farm in the Austrian Alps. When she and her French husband moved to Washington, D.C., in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a culinary culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. First as a cooking teacher, then as a restaurant owner, she charted a path intended to change our relationship with what we eat. Since it opened in 1979, Restaurant Nora has been a hot spot for reporters, celebrities, and politicians. Along the way, Pouillon redefined what food could be, forging close relationships with local producers and launching initiatives to take the organic movement mainstream. Pouillon's book, as much the story of America's postwar culinary history as it is a memoir, encompasses the birth of the farm-to-table movement, the proliferation of green markets across the country, and the evolution of the chef into social advocate.

"As founder of America's first organic restaurant, and tireless advocate of local food systems (not to mention a brilliant chef), Nora Pouillon is one of the pioneers of the Food Movement."—Michael Pollan

"In this candid memoir, renowned chef Nora Pouillon tells the story of how she created Restaurant Nora, a Washington, D.C. landmark, and, more importantly, how she raised the consciousness of Americans about the quality of food and the importance of eating and living organically. I consider her a true pioneer of the organic movement and inspiration for leading a healthy lifestyle."—Andrew Weil

"Pouillon's spare, clearly written memoir is built around two complementary narratives. One involves the culinary journey of a country where you can now buy organic sugar by the bag at your neighborhood grocery. The other involves her more personal journey from ingénue housewife to self-made restaurateur.... Without being preachy, her memoir is also the story of an uncredentialed female cook making her way in the sexist highchef culture, the story of a natural-born problem solver working to build a small enterprise before there was talk of startups or woman-owned businesses. It's also a testament to the personal consequences—not good ones—for a wife and mother who succeeded at becoming a breadwinner before that, too, was a thing.... Brave but also poignant.—Washingtonian

 
 
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