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From Delmonico's to Sylvia's to Chez Panisse, a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through 10 legendary restaurants.

Combining a historian's rigor with a foodie's palate, Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco's fabled the Mandarin, evoking the richness of Italian food through Mamma Leone's, or chronicling the rise and fall of French haute cuisine through Henri Soulé's Le Pavillon, food historian Paul Freedman uses each restaurant to tell a wider story of race and class, immigration and assimilation. Freedman also treats us to a scintillating history of the then-revolutionary Schrafft's, a chain of convivial lunch spots that catered to women, and that bygone favorite, Howard Johnson's, which pioneered on-the-road dining only to be swept aside by McDonald's.

Ten Restaurants That Changed America is a significant and highly entertaining social history.

©2016 Paul Freedman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good information but sometimes it just seems like it's a lot of extra information we don't need

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Interesting perspective

Admittedly besotted with the biographies of great chefs, while I was a bit disappointed with this book, it nonetheless provided an interesting perspective on the evolution and driving forces (both societal and personality-wise) behind eating out in America over the last 150 years

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Excellently written

This audiobook is fascinating well written and well researched and flows through history time together and number of fascinating themes.

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Lived up to expectations did not exceed

I was very excited to listen to this book. It was good but a bit dry and did not go above and beyond. I really didn't learn anything new and not completely convinced that the argument was made why these were the 10 restaurants that changed America. I would get the audio book but go in with managed expectations.

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