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Moruzzi Does it Again!,
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This review is from: Classic Dining: Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants (Hardcover)
Wow... Another fabulously descriptive, beautifully assembled work from Peter Moruzzi!
I've only had a few short hours to enjoy it so far, but what I've seen has captured the essence of what I recall from my youth as the 'fine dining' that took my family all over The city. I can still remember my Grandfather taking the family to Cattlemen's, or Junior's, or the restaurant at the Skirvin Plaza. The is in the days when men wore suits to eat out, and your food was brought to you for inspection before the chef ever began preparation.
From the diagram of the setup of a Table-side Caesar Salad cart (you can almost hear the wooden salad tongs scraping the inside of the pressed wooded bowl!) to the homage to Tiki with and entire chapter on the Mai-Kai, one of the most famous restaurants in the United States, it is so easy to get a sense of what many of the now long-gone American dining experiences must have been like.
While I've been a great fan of Peter's since "Havana Before Castro...", I have to give a hearty congratulations to his partner in this newest endeavor, Photographer Sven A. Kirsten. It's clear that Mr. Kirsten is passionate for his craft - many of the images that he provides in the book are nothing less than individual works of art...
All in all I see this book as less of a guide to classic dining, and more of a challenge for the reader to experience as many of these windows on the past as they can. This feeling is compounded and confirmed upon getting to the end of the book and finding the ten-page "Directory of Classic American Restaurants" - That, or Peter is just trying to make me fat...
Thanks guys - I love this book...