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In 50 years the organizing principle of this memoir, that the rise of California cuisine and who gets credit for what actually matters, may hold no water. But California Dish will remain invaluable as a memoir of the time by one of its more outlandish characters, a man who spent a good deal of his youth on ocean liners and in upscale hotel dining rooms. He shares all this in the spirit of James Beard's Delights and Prejudices, which documented an earlier time and way with food. Tower will be accused of cattiness, no doubt. And he is. He'll be accused of self-promotion. And he does. But he also lays on the praise where he believes it is due. When he admires other chefs and their work, he says so. In a series of scenes he returns to James Beard the dignity of his sexuality, like throwing the switch from two to three dimensions.
The first-person point-of-view often reveals much more about the writer than the writer ever intended. It's the nature of the beast. Tower may have been aiming at an improved press kit version of his life. But what press kit was ever poignant? For all the names of the famous, for all the celebrity happenings, the constant world travel, the designer labels, Jeremiah Tower seems a lonely man by book's end, a glass of fine champagne his best friend. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Part cookbook, part memoirs, all together enjoyable! Some unusual recipes from the rise of "California Cuisine" that any chef or foodie would enjoy.Published on July 2, 2013 by J. T. Liska
...in California 'Dish', and I'm Californian! What a boring read. My copy I'd found (a neighbor had apparently had enough of it, as they left it in the entryway table, dogeared in... Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by D. Paz
If Oscar Wilde had written a book about food, this would be it. The same wit and zero tolerance for B.S. levelled at BOH, FOH, board room, colleagues, press corps. Read morePublished on May 23, 2008 by S.J.
Two things about Mr. Tower's book are original. The use of menus to drive his narrative, and his food. Read morePublished on August 29, 2006 by J. H. Meade
I love cooking, reading about cooking and all things related to food. What is so disappointing about this journal of Mr. Read morePublished on April 18, 2004 by Sophia Johnson
I am only about a third of the way through this book and already I hate this guy. In the first 50 pages he has alluded to dreaming up the Atkins diet, the Chunnel, and being the... Read morePublished on January 20, 2004
Jeremiah Tower is a talented and innovative chef with brilliant instincts on food and its preparation. Read morePublished on January 6, 2004
This was one of the most boring books I have ever read. To Tower's credit he did bring self grandizings to new heights. Read morePublished on November 9, 2003