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Love And Kisses And A Halo Of Truffles [Paperback]

James Beard
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Oct. 23 1995
James Beard, a pioneer of modern American cookery was for over five decades America's most celebrated cook and food writer. Love and Kisses and a Halo of Truffles is a rich selection of more than 300 letters, many containing recipes, written to his close friend and fellow chef Helen Evans Brown over a period of twelve years. Focusing mainly on food but also filled with witty, insightful comments on the state of the world as he saw it, these letters offer an intimate look at American culinary and social history during a very important period of its evolution.

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This spirited selection of letters written between 1952 and 1964 by one of America's most celebrated chefs and cookbook authors to a fellow chef and occasional collaborator shows Beard at his wittiest and least pretentious. 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. Photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ferrone, an editor at Harcourt Brace for 27 years, worked with Beard on his memoir Delights and Prejudices (LJ 4/1/64), several cookbooks, and countless articles. With the permission of Beard's estate, he rescued the personal letters of Beard and Helan Evans Brown, which were bound for the dumpster. Compiled into book format, this correspondence reveals Beard's love affair with food and deep adoration for Brown, considered the culinary authority of the West Coast. For over 12 years Beard and Brown wrote to each other twice a week, sharing recipes, culinary ideas, and a close personal friendship. Many of the recipes exchanged would later become part of their cookbooks. Excerpts from 300 letters, focusing primarily on food and arranged chronologically, are presented here. Selected recipes inspired by the correspondence are also included. A culinary gem for larger public and academic libraries with research collections in American cuisine and foods.
Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Beard June 30 1998
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I just adore this book. It is so wonderfully obsessive, a sort of subtle comedy leaks out and consumes you. Beard was obviously part genius and part madman -- how else could you explain such tremendously narrow focus? -- and that is where a lot of his charm lies. He is a fantasic character, and this serves as an interesting study of one of the most important gastronomical figures in history. For any fan of Beard, this essential work gives more weight and background to his already substantial body of work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Beard June 30 1998
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I just adore this book. It is so wonderfully obsessive, a sort of subtle comedy leaks out and consumes you. Beard was obviously part genius and part madman -- how else could you explain such tremendously narrow focus? -- and that is where a lot of his charm lies. He is a fantasic character, and this serves as an interesting study of one of the most important gastronomical figures in history. For any fan of Beard, this essential work gives more weight and background to his already substantial body of work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book May 5 2013
By CityGal - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew James Beard somewhat, as he came to teach at my mother's cooking school. She met him at his at Seaside, OR cooking school. He was a wonderful man, and bigger than life. His letters between him and Helen Evans Brown are fascinating. Do enjoy it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Longtime Favorite Nov. 30 2012
By Margaret M. Goodyear - Published on Amazon.com
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When first married in 1958 the James Beard cookbook was the favorite cookbook and used faithfully and with much enjoyment. Having seen the play "I Love to Eat" about the life of Jame Thus the purchase of this book which was enjoyed more than words can convey.
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