Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Revolution According To Kamp


A definite must-have as well as a "must-give" this holiday season is David Kamp's latest book The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.

In it, the Vanity Fair editor and GQ writer tells how America went from being a nation of icebox lettuce eaters to a nation of Rocket and Swiss Chard connoisseurs. And along with this came a host of temperamental French chefs into the mix, a greater love for standard reference books like Larousse Gastronomique -- and allowing a tall, surprisingly affable woman named Julia Child into our homes on a daily basis. In this story of America's gourmet revolution, Kamp focuses on the real-life characters behind the big culinary names, thanks to numerous interviews and a few newly reported facts.

A book that's not only just for foodies, The United States of Arugula satisfies an appetite -- you probably didn't even know you had. Trust me, if you're in doubt about what to give this Christmas and you happen to be thinking "books," then do think about this one.

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