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Setting the Table for Julia Child.

Setting the Table for Julia Child

David Strauss

Johns Hopkins University Press

2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363

0801897734, $45.00, www.press.jhu.edu

Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 1934-1961 considers the gourmet food movement that swept the nation before Julia Child influenced many a home cook. The revolution actually began not on TV but in dining clubs and in the pages of Gourmet magazine, which became predecessors for Julia Child's lessons in French cooking. Themes of class, national identity and more influenced the birth and rise of gourmet cooking in America, and author David Strauss uses plenty of research to trace early influences on the aesthetics of dining in this top pick for any culinary collection.

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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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