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James Beard was America's most beloved food authority He was born to a tradition of good food The Beard family household in Portland Oregon centered around a flourishing kitchen which functioned with the seasons in the spring mammoth white asparagus was canned and in the summer fruits of all varieties; in the fall mincemeat was made for the winter holidays Almost daily the aroma of fresh baking filled the air With the assistance of a Chinese chef the kitchen was supervised by Mr Beard's mother Elizabeth Beard was a gifted woman with a flair for food who believed that a well stocked larder was a necessary condition of life Each summer the Beards moved to the Oregon seaside where the bountiful Pacific provisioned their table with incomparable Dungeness crab razor clams and Olympia oysters; salmon flowed into the Beard household as though it were a tributary of the Columbia RiverMr Beard's epicurean autobiographical journal leads him to informal discussions of markets and restaurants around the world As always he is outspoken about his preferences in food a characteristic which provides the title for this book and which helped to make him a leading proponent of sensible food habits uncompromising in uality Not only does Mr Beard evoke the smells and tastes of wonderful food during his narration but he provides recipes as well than 150 of them many from his mother's kitchen It is that most memorable of kitchens a symbol of America's regional vitality at the turn of the century which will linger longest with the reader


10 thoughts on “Delights and Prejudices

  1. says:

    3 Beard StarsI reuested an R2R of this after reading the James Beard Cookbook I did not realize I was getting a memoir I wanted recipes It’s not really a cookbook and it’s not really a memoir it’s a strange blend of the two I wish I loved it but it was very one note and boring The recipes that are there are in little paragraphs are so simple to follow I already knew I wouldn’t find a photo to save my life but his food is incredible and that’s what we know him for I’ll stick to his cookbook named after him and keep this for a non fic day


  2. says:

    Parts of this were very interesting but I found myself wanting memoir and less description of elegant picnics tea sandwiches and hors d’oeuvre Beard had an unusual childhood growing up among the foodies and restaurateurs in Portland Oregon His mother who influenced him heavily was an independent and formidable business woman and a talented chef The narrative is rambling and unfocused but mostly entertaining with amusing and insightful commentary and several surprisingly simple family recipes


  3. says:

    This book written in 1964 hasn't aged well As a memoir with recipes it fulfills neither of its functions His memories of his mother who introduced him to great cooking and set him on his way are interrupted by rambling accounts of his travels and later experiences as a chef and writer The recipes are dated and the memoir is unsatisfying I know James Beard's place in the pantheon is cook is secure but this book made me wonder why


  4. says:

    This was not what I had hoped for; I wanted a true memoir an order of the life with food within and while some of the chapters were such others were about restaurants he had eaten in with descriptions of their best dishes or how he likes to go on picnics and what his favourite ones have been There is nothing wrong with that in itself but it was uite flatly written; he did not manage to get his personality into those parts as he did when writing about his childhood and his mother and for someone who loves food he is uite poor at describing it To read over and again how he ate this or that perfectly cooked or with a piuant sauce is uite dull I wanted to know the experience of eating it the taste and texture the joy of it Well I suppose there is a reason he is known as a cookbook author rather than as a food writer


  5. says:

    Good to read during commercial breaks not as your main book I found this book in a used bookstore and it is surprisingly entertaining James Beard is an engaging writer I didn't know that James Beard's mother was a strong outside the norm woman traveling the West on her own in the late 1800's owning a hotel in Portland etc and the book is chockful of family recipes from their Chinese cook and his mother's recipes etc The book has already been worth the modest cost


  6. says:

    I love a good food history book or memoir and this is both Funny to think of a time when rolled up slices of salami were a sign of sophistication Beard tells stories about his Mom who sounds like she could have her own book and her cooking that in a few instances starts with building a fire He was a trailblazer in the world of food and now I get why there's a prestigious award named after him


  7. says:

    Though James Beard is a huge figure in the American food world this collection of his recipes seems out dated no cooks this way any The book however did give some insight into the author's upbringing his overbearing mom and his Portland OR roots A shame that we could only meet via Zoom so I didn't cook a dish from this book as we can't share food on line I was able to share my USPS collectible stamps of famous chefs including James Beard I borrowed my son's bow tie to wear on the Zoom call


  8. says:

    Though James Beard is a huge figure in the American food world this collection of his recipes seems out dated no cooks this way any The book however did give some insight into the author's upbringing his overbearing mom and his Portland OR roots A shame that we could only meet via Zoom so I didn't cook a dish from this book as we can't share food on line I was able to share my USPS collectible stamps of famous chefs including James Beard I borrowed my son's bow tie to wear on the Zoom call less


  9. says:

    James Beard has an engaging style though this book can't seem to decide if it's a memoir of his childhood in Portland or his many and varied travels as an adult The chapters about his mother and childhood are interesting she was a character and ahead of her time The recipes are on the most part much to elaborate for 21st century cooks The amount of heavy cream that's called for is astounding The endless recitals of restaurants he's visted stores he's shopped was tedious he seemed to be trying to impress the reader at how important he is was


  10. says:

    Part memoir part recipe book James Beard had an unusual start in life with a most exceptional in the sense of not following the norm mother I will never make the recipes but it was fun to imagine a largely bygone era of travel and dining I was glad to learn James Beard appreciated hot dogs with chili