United States of Arugula

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I've been reading a new book that I think is just terrific. It gets into the heart of the revolution that has changed the culinary landscape and traces the transformation that took us from "overcooked vegetables and scary gelatin salads of your to our current heyday of free range chickens, extra-virgin olive oil, Iron Chef, Whole Foods, Starbucks, and that breed of human known as the foodie."

In telling the story of James Beard, Julia Child and Craig Claiborne, David Kamp's book The United States of Arugula tells the story of how we got to GreatGrub.

Give it a read and tell us what you think.

United State of Arugula by David Kamp

Re: United States of Arugula

I’ve just ordered this book. It looks great. I found the website by the author. It has some very witty stuff on it. I really liked the GQ article on Paul Giamatti.


Re: United States of Arugula

In the New Yorker, Nora Ephron summarized the past 40 years in lettuce:

Arugula, Endive, Radicchio, Frisee, followed by the three M’s: Mesclun, Mache, and Microgreens.

Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.