Eating in America A History by Waverly Root and Richard de Rochemont
The story of American eating begins and ends with the fact that American food, by most of the world’s standards, is not terribly good. Rather a sad note considering the true “land of plenty” the Pilgrims found, and even sadder considering our vast knowledge of food today which has produced among other travesties, TV dinners and finger-lickin’ chicken. Nevertheless, America’s eating habits, the philosophy behind these habits and, in fact, much of the food itself are deliciously fascinating. Waverley Root and Richard de Rochemont, in a style as rich, tasty, and ironic as $50 ‘prix fixe’ dinner, chronicle the history of American food and eating customs from the time of the earliest explorers to today. In writing this chronicle on American foo9d, Root and de Rochemont have in fact created a fresh and commanding history of the United States itself. EATING IN AMERICA is an erudite, sumptuous, witty, marvelously readable study; truly a feast of a book! Waverley Root (1903-1982) was one of America’s most distinguished and respected journalists and food writers. Richard de Rochemont (1903-1982) was by profession a newspaperman and an Academy Award-winning motion picture producer. He authored another food book with Root called CONTEMPORARY FRENCH COOKING.