Ten Restaurants That Changed America

Ten Restaurants That Changed America


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Finalist for the IACP Cookbook Award

A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

A Smithsonian Best Food Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Art of Eating Prize

Featuring a new chapter on ten restaurants changing America today, a “fascinating . . . sweep through centuries of food culture” (Washington Post).

Combining an historian’s rigor with a food enthusiast’s palate, Paul Freedman’s seminal and highly entertaining Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco’s fabled Mandarin; evoking the poignant nostalgia of Howard Johnson’s, the beloved roadside chain that foreshadowed the pandemic of McDonald’s; or chronicling the convivial lunchtime crowd at Schrafft’s, the first dining establishment to cater to women’s tastes, Freedman uses each restaurant to reveal a wider story of race and class, immigration and assimilation. “As much about the contradictions and contrasts in this country as it is about its places to eat” (The New Yorker), Ten Restaurants That Changed America is a “must-read” (Eater) that proves “essential for anyone who cares about where they go to dinner” (Wall Street Journal Magazine).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631494987
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 307,363
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Freedman is a history professor at Yale University. The author of the highly acclaimed Ten Restaurants That Changed America, Freedman lives in Pelham, New York. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Preface to the Paperback Edition xxi

Introduction Danny Meyer xxvii

Ten Restaurants and American Cuisine xxxi

Delmonico's: America's First Restaurant 3

Antoine's: Haute Creole 49

Schrafft's: Seeking Out the Female Customer 91

Howard Johnson's: As American as Fried Clams 129

Mamma Leone's: Italian Entertainment 171

The Mandarin: "The Best Chinese Food East of the Pacific" 209

Sylvia's: The Soul of Harlem 251

Le Pavilion: Midcentury French 289

The Four Seasons: The Epitome of Modern 323

Chez Panisse: "The Way We Eat Now" 365

Epilogue: 1980 to the Present 407

Afterword to the Paperback Edition: Ten Restaurants Changing America Now 437

Appendix: Classic Recipes from the Ten Restaurants That Changed America 469

Acknowledgments 481

Notes 485

Selected Bibliography 523

Index 537

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