My Usual Table: A Life in Restaurants (Paperback)

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Now out in paperback, a vivid portrait of a life lived in food from renowned food writer and critic Colman Andrews, a founding editor of Saveur and multiple James Beard Award winner

For food writer and magazine editor Colman Andrews, restaurants have long served as a playground, a theater, a university, a refuge. In My Usual Table, Andrews interweaves his own story with tales of the seminal restaurants and the great restaurateurs of our time who are emblematic of the revolutions that have transformed the way we eat, cook, and feel about food.

Tracing the evolution of our food culture from glamourous Old Hollywood's Chasen's to the "ethnic" food movement of the psychedelic '60s to the influence of family-run cafes and trattorias in Europe, Andrews arrives at the rise of game-changing restaurants like Eleven Madison Park and elBulli.

Andrews has watched the growth of nouvelle and fusion cuisine; the explosion of the organic and locavore movements; and the rise of nose-to-tail eating and so-called molecular gastronomy. The restaurants he has loved have not only influenced culinary trends at home and abroad, but represent the changing culture of food in America and Western Europe. And all along, Andrews has been there right there in the dining room, menu in one hand and notebook in the other.

About the Author

Colman Andrews was a cofounder of Saveur, and its editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2006, and later became the restaurant columnist for Gourmet. A native of Los Angeles with degrees in history and philosophy from UCLA, he was a restaurant reviewer and restaurant news columnist for the Los Angeles Times. The recipient of eight James Beard Awards, Andrews is the coauthor and coeditor of three Saveur cookbooks and seven of his own books on food. Andrews is the editorial director of The Daily Meal, a food and wine mega-site ( that logs approximately ten million monthly unique visitors.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062136480
ISBN-10: 0062136488
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English