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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Freedman (Food: The History of Taste), a history professor at Yale, highlights 10 restaurants that influenced a culture of eating. Some of the landmark eateries featured in this volume no longer exist but they still claim a cherished and notable spot in culinary history. The edifice of Delmonicos in New York graces the cover; its given American palates a taste for fine dining since 1827. Freedman also prominently features Schraffts, the East Coast institution that catered to ladies who lunch and served dainty, middle-class fare without the grease-laden platters enjoyed by working men. Freedman believes the Howard Johnson restaurants carved out a niche for the on-the-road, market which grew exponentially in the auto-crazed period of the 1920s. Freedman discusses Sylvias, a Harlem restaurant that has welcomed a spectrum of eaters from locals to heads of state; he also supplies wonderful details of the Four Seasons, the Mandarin, and Chez Panisse in Berkeley; Antoines in New Orleans; and Mamma Leones and Le Pavillon in New York. Freedmans extensive knowledge and trusted palate give readers a definitive and approachable take on restaurant history in America. (Sept.)