Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Save: $12.52 (36%)
Free Shipping for Prime Members | Fast, FREE Shipping with Amazon Prime
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Ten Restaurants That Chan... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Ten Restaurants That Changed America Hardcover – September 20, 2016

4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$22.48
$19.99 $15.29

Dinner just got easier with eMeals
Each week you'll receive seven new simple, healthy meal plans. Our food experts create easy-to-prepare recipes featuring real food your whole family will love. Try it FREE
$22.48 Free Shipping for Prime Members | Fast, FREE Shipping with Amazon Prime In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Ten Restaurants That Changed America
  • +
  • Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
  • +
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Total price: $59.68
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

About the Author

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (September 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871406802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871406804
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book for anyone interested in restaurant/culinary history. The restaurants themselves are interesting, but what I found the most fascinating was how the author captured each era as it related to contemporary society. At first I thought this might be tedious, but once I read into just a few pages, I was completely engrossed by the detail and very thorough research which was presented in such a delightful way. What a fabulous read.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a very well researched and authoritative book. I found it very interesting and informative. If you are not a bit of a foodie, it probably is not for you. You certainly could make a case for the inclusion of other restaurants, but the author does a very good job of referencing others and explaining his rationale for inclusion of the institutions that were discussed.

The book is very detailed and scholarly. This is for me, a plus and a minus. The information is extensive and well documented. For me this resulted in a book which felt over long and drawn out. Much as I was interested, and wanted to read it, I found myself slogging through it, wishing each section was just a bit shorter. If I were deeply interested in the content, or an academic or scholar I would have reveled in it. As a slightly less engaged reader, I wish it felt somewhat less ponderous.

I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of menus from the various restaurants. As an aside, having read it on a reader vs. a hard copy, the menus were sometimes blurry and difficult to read. This was a source of frustration for me since I found them so interesting.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I got this book because of how much I appreciated professor Freedman's "Open Yale" course on the early middle ages. He organized a lot of information and made it interesting. He did the same with this book. It has insight into history, social trends, the business of running a restaurant, and, of course, a lot about food. I read it on my Kindle. I think I missed some of the detail from the menus, but it was a treat to be able to touch a word and immediately see the definition! (I even got an invitation to download the French dictionary.) My thanks to the author for an amazing amount of research made so interesting.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like the information contained in the book, however, the title to me is misleading. I haven't finished reading the book yet but I am on the chapter that pertains to Mamma Leone's restaurant in New York City. It starts out talking about Italian restaurants in San Francisco and then goes into detail about the Italian people in general and how they liked to keep eating the foods that the knew and loved from when they lived in Italy. They did not take well to American foods but preferred their own foods and culture. Now all this is very interesting but really has not much to do with the Mamma Leone's restaurant. It does get into some detail about the restaurant. This book could be slimmed down dramatically if it stuck to the premise given by it's title.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm a person who enjoys going to a restaurant and enjoying it like Europeans do (2 hours at least, many courses, desert, coffee, excellent conversation). I had heard Delmonico's referenced a great deal in other history and biographical books that I read and that was the main reason I purchased the book. I really wanted to know what Delmonico's was about. However, I found the description and backgrounds of every restaurant in the book compelling and interesting. I never would have thought to include HoJo's (I'm young enough that I remember eating there!) or Automat in any kind of "top" restaurant list but Mr. Freedman makes very compelling arguments as to why these two and the other eight restaurants were indeed game-changers.

Each chapter tackles a different restaurant and discusses in depth the history, personalities involved and menus of each restaurant. As mentioned above, there is a restaurant for every type of taste from fine dining (Delmonico's) to trendy (Chez Panisse) to just a place for the working stiff (Automat). The writing is very engaging and the transitions from one restaurant to another are smooth.

Thanks to this book, I now want to go to a very expensive restaurant. Thanks a lot, Mr. Freedman. I blame you.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is such an interesting book, especially if you're a foodie or just like history. We gave it to a relative for Christmas, and she was immediately intrigued. She is well traveled, and indeed, is a foodie and an excellent cook. It's the kind of book you can pick up and read short sections when you have a little free time. The historic photos included for each restaurant add greatly to the overall information and give you a better understanding of their place in American history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very good book! It looks at a series of restaurants throughout American history. Paul Freedman, the author, says of his goal: "Reading about the ten restaurants gives me a sense of American diversity, and how these different experiments expressed a sense of love that is the basic ingredient of any major endeavor."

The restaurants selected? Some great names and some surprises. The places: Delmonico's (America's first "great" restaurant), Antoine's (a Creole restaurant), Schrafft's ( a restaurant designed for women), Howard Johnson's I designed to be predictable and dependable as a chain), Mamma Leone's (an Italian restaurant), Sylvia's (soul food in Harlem), Le Pavillon (a major French restaurant from the mid-20th century), The Four Seasons (as Freedman puts it, "The Epitome of Modern"), and Chez Panisse.

One of the themes is the change in fortunes of these restaurants. Some simply did not adapt to a new era, others lost key actors who helped the place flourish. But what makes this special is the detailed description of how each of these worked and the role of key actors/acrtresses for each). There is a personalism that makes this work enticing.

All in all, a fine volume on the tradition of American restaurants and their place in the society of their times. . . .,
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Ten Restaurants That Changed America
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Ten Restaurants That Changed America

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: economic history