Tuesday, July 16, 2013

On My Nightstand

Just finished David Kamp's The United States of Arugula: How we Became a Gourmet Nation (New York: Broadway Books, 2006). I have been reading a lot of food books lately and each one referred to Kamp's book, so I picked it up to have a read. Kamp, a journalist with Vanity Fair knows his material making this the road map for anyone interested in American food and food culture. Make no mistake this is the gentrified version of American food culture. The book is a broadly researched study of American food culture, including not only the rise of restaurants and chefs and food trends but also food writing and television. Kamp's study gives everyone in American food culture their due helping to contextual who they were and how they impacted our taste buds. Food trends and ideas can become too obsessive and self-absorbed, something that Kamp balances with this study of personalities and characters.

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