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  • Title: The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America's First Great Cookery Challenge
  • Author: Becky Diamond
  • ISBN: 9781594162312
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1851, fifteen wealthy New Yorkers wanted to show a group of Philadelphia friends just how impressive a meal could be and took them to Delmonico s, New York s finest restaurant They asked Lorenzo Delmonico to astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast, and assured him that money was no object, as the honor of New York was at stake They wereIn 1851, fifteen wealthy New Yorkers wanted to show a group of Philadelphia friends just how impressive a meal could be and took them to Delmonico s, New York s finest restaurant They asked Lorenzo Delmonico to astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast, and assured him that money was no object, as the honor of New York was at stake They were treated to a magnificent banquet, enjoyed by all However, not to be outdone, the Philadelphia men invited the New Yorkers to a meal prepared by James W Parkinson in their city In what became known as the Thousand Dollar Dinner, Parkinson successfully rose to the challenge, creating a seventeen course extravaganza featuring fresh salmon, baked rockfish, braised pigeon, turtle steaks, spring lamb, out of season fruits and vegetables, and desserts, all paired with rare wines and liquors Midway through the twelve hour meal, the New Yorkers declared Philadelphia the winner of their competition, and at several times stood in ovation to acknowledge the chef s mastery In The Thousand Dollar Dinner America s First Great Cookery Challenge, research historian Becky Libourel Diamond presents the entire seventeen course meal, course by course, explaining each dish and its history A gastronomic turning point, Parkinson s luxurious meal helped launch the era of grand banquets of the gilded age and established a new level of American culinary arts to rival those of Europe.
    The Thousand Dollar Dinner America s First Great Cookery Challenge In fifteen wealthy New Yorkers wanted to show a group of Philadelphia friends just how impressive a meal could be and took them to Delmonico s New York s finest restaurant They asked Lorenzo De

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    1. Microhistories are among my favorite sub genres of books, and food related micro histories are easily my favorite sub sub genre A challenge with a tightly focused history however is not to bore the reader, allowing the text to bog down Becky Libourel Diamond s Thousand Dollar Dinner is a great example of how to do it right In the first couple chapters, the author admits there s very little primary documentation to work from, however, she delves deeply into gastronomic, economic, and natural hist [...]

    2. Very interesting food dining history that covers than just this one evening on April 19, 1851 15 guests and 17 courses that lasted from 6pm to 6am in Philadelphia The author discussed likely wine pairings with each course The head chef was James Parkinson There is no known copies of the actual menu However a transcription was provided by R.B Valentine for a 9 8 1874 Philadelphia Press article This appears on page 105 I think this would ve been appropriately placed at the beginning of the book [...]

    3. This book will delight foodies and historians alike It has something for everyone, revealing the evolution of fine dining in the 19th century, wine making from around the world, and a peek into what life was like in the Philadelphia region and its influence here and abroad.

    4. I received a copy of this book from a giveaway This is the story of one fabulous meal in Philadelphia, hosted by Chef Parkinson The meal was for 30 people, 15 from NYC and 15 from Philadelphia The Philadelphians were treated to dinner in NYC on a visit, but told their NYC counterparts that they could do better back in Philadelphia, so they took them up on the challenge This book is entirely about the meal and spends maybe a chapter about the people at the dinner The book is divided into chapters [...]

    5. What a terrific concept for a book As a person who loves food and history, this was such a fun read The author didn t speculate who the guests were or what they talked about, but that could have been another dimension to the book.

    6. Good for foodiesIf you like history and food then you will find this an interesting book Bit of a slow read but good details throughtout.

    7. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review Recommended to Foodies, History Buffs This book goes into great detail about the food and the historical context of that food served at the thousand dollar dinner 17 courses talked about in detail It covers the preparation of the food, the flavor, the popularity and the context of the food in that time period It goes over the beverages served at each meal as well in detail The middle of the book breaks up the course after course revi [...]

    8. Part foodie, part history I absolutely loved this book The only thing that would have made it better is recipes and or pictures There were plenty of footnotes with book references though

    9. The breadth of this meal is somewhat incomprehensible and the author s detailed explanation of the pain staking attention to detail that was made hammers this home resoundingly However, I did find it getting a bit dry at times and went through a stretch where it was pretty hard to pick back up Definitely worth a read, but nothing to write home about.

    10. Somewhat trifling account but also interesting of an expensive dinner which some Philadelphians threw for some New Yorker gourmets The sheer amount and diversity of the foods is astounding At a lot of the material in the endnotes should have been incorporated into the main text A few illustrations.

    11. This was a fascinating look into formal dinner parties from the 17 and 18th century Although Becky Diamond uses the Philadelphia dinner to frame her book there is a ton of information on the history of formal dinner parties over the centuries I plan to read this again and take notes

    12. A fascinating story of an opulent dinner that took place in Philadelphia in the mid 1800s The author uses the menu as a jumping off point for discussing changing tastes and regional cooking and catering styles.

    13. I never expected to enjoy this as much as I did Each chapter was interesting and had interesting facts I never knew.

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