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The Dictionary of American Food and Drink: More Than 2,000 Definitions and Descriptions of American Classics from Caesar Salad to Coleslaw, from Egg Paperback – February, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst Books (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688101399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688101398
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This edition of the wide-ranging reference ( LJ 10/15/83) contains 400 new entries as well as many revisions. A comparison of the two volumes reveals just how much American cookery has changed over the last ten years, with many more ingredients available (achiote, Chinese cabbage, and carambola are among the new entries, and the description of chile peppers, for example, is greatly expanded) and a much greater emphasis on ethnic and authentic native cuisines (as evidenced by such entries as adobe bread, Amish preaching soup, calzone, and even sausage, which was overlooked in the first edition). There are still a few inaccuracies (a spring roll is hardly just a "Chinese-American appetizer"; spring rolls are found in many Asian/Southeast Asian cuisines, from Vietnamese to Indonesian), but this remains a valuable and unique reference. And, with entries on such diverse topics as airline food, lunch counters, and candy bars, it's fun to read, too. An essential purchase.
- Judith Sutton, Sutton's Place Cuisine, New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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John Mariani is an author and journalist of 30 years standing, having begun his writing for New York Magazine in 1973. Since then, he has become known as one of America's premiere food writers (a three-time nominee for the James Beard Journalism Award) and author of several of the most highly regarded books on food in America today.
In 2012 Saveur Magazine won as ASME award for its "Italian-American" issue for which Mariani wrote the lead article. His first book, The Dictionary of American Food & Drink (Ticknor & Fields, 1983) was hailed as the "American Larousse Gastronomique" and was chosen "best reference book on food for 1983" by Library Journal. After a decade when the book was declared a "classic" of American food studies, Hearst Books issued a completely revised edition in 1994. In 1999 Lebhar-Friedman published a revised, expanded version entitled The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, of which he is currently writing the fifth edition, to be published by Bloomsbury.
Mariani' s second book. Eating Out: Fearless Dining in Ethnic Restaurants (Quill, 1985) was called by Food & Wine Magazine "a diner's manual to guerilla tactics for restaurant survival." His third book, Mariani's Coast-to-Coast Dining Guide (Times Books, 1986), which he edited, was widely acclaimed as the American counterpart to France's Guide Michelin. His next book, America Eats Out (William Morrow, 1991) won the International Association of Cooking Professionals Award for Best Food Reference Book. From 1989 through 1999 Mariani co-authored annual editions of Passport to New York Restaurants (Passport Press) and was editor of Italian Cuisine: Basic Cooking Techniques (Italian Wine & Food Institute), which became the textbook for Italian cooking studies at the Culinary Institute of America, and he has written the food and restaurant sections of the Encyclopedia of New York City (The New-York Historical Society and Yale University Press, 1995) and contributed entries to Chronicle of America (Chronicle Publications).
Mariani's other books include The Four Seasons: A History of America's Premier restaurant (Crown, 1997; revised 1999); Vincent's Cookbook (Tenspeed Press, 1995), with chef Vincent Guérithault; The Dictionary of Italian Food & Drink (Broadway Books, 1998) which was nominated for an IACP award; and, with Marie Rama, Grilling for Dummies (IDG Books), which first appeared in 1999 and was revised in 2009.
His newest books are How Italian Food Conquered the World (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011), which just won the Goumand World Cookbooks Award for the USA 2011, and the Italian Cuisine Worldwide Award 2012. He co-authored Menu Design in America: 1850-1985 (Taschen Books, 2011). He was host for the TV series "Crazy for Food," which played on national PBS stations.
Mariani received his Phd in English from Columbia U. He lives in Tuckahoe NY with his wife, artist Galina Stepanoff-Dargery Mariani. He has two sons, Misha and Christopher.