Monday, April 21, 2014

4/21 COLMAN ANDREWS, MY USUAL TABLE: A LIFE IN RESTAURANTS, LAURY POLAND, FINGER LAKES WINE COUNTRY

COLMAN ANDREWS - MY USUAL TABLE - A LIFE IN RESTAURANTS

From food writer, James Beard award-winning cookbook author, and co-founder of Saveur magazine, Colman Andrews, comes MY USUAL TABLE: A Life in Restaurants (Ecco; April 2014), a vivid memoir of a life lived in food. From his Hollywood childhood through his days in the music business, his first forays into restaurant reviewing, and his ever-evolving career as a food writer and magazine editor — not to mention the course of his obsessive traveling and complicated personal life — Andrews has seen the world mostly from the dining room. In MY USUAL TABLE, he interweaves his own story with intimate tales of the seminal restaurants and the great chefs and restaurateurs of our time who are emblematic of the revolutions large and small that have forever transformed the way we eat, cook, and feel about food.

In sixteen chapters, each anchored by the story of his love affair with a cherished restaurant, Andrews evokes the unforgettable meals he has eaten over a lifetime, and the remarkable people with whom he has shared them, tracing the evolution not just of our restaurants but our whole food culture. Beginning with a post-war childhood spent at Chasen’s, the glamorous Old Hollywood hangout where studio heads and celebrities rubbed shoulders, Andrews charts a course through the 60’s, when both he and Americans at large fell for the novel “ethnic” food at spots like neo-Polynesian Trader Vic’s or Mexican institution El Coyote. As Andrews began traveling for his writing and magazine career in the 70’s and 80’s, he spent countless hours in the family run cafés of Paris and trattorias of Rome. The timeless dishes so common on their menus, focused on local and seasonal ingredients, would not only come to profoundly influence Andrews’ palate, but also transform the American foodscape forever. In a STARRED review, Publishers Weekly says:

“A fond salute to many of his favorite culinary haunts marks this charming autobiographical omnibus by accomplished cookbook author, longtime reviewer, and cofounder of Saveur, Andrews. In his lively, frank prose, Andrews unfurls a lifetime of intuitive restaurant searching… Since many of these restaurants have vanished in the fumes of time, Andrews offers no less than a veritable historical trove.”

From Andrews’s usual table, he has watched the growth of nouvelle cuisine and fusion cuisine; the explosion of the organic and locavore movements; the rise of nose-to-tail eating; and so-called “molecular gastronomy.” The bistros, brasseries, and cafes he has loved have not only influenced culinary trends at home and abroad, but represent the changing history and 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.


LAURY POLAND - FINGER LAKES WINE COUNTRY TOURISM MARKETING ASSOCIATION

The Finger Lakes are a wonderful year-round five season destination.  Experience the beauty and history of glass at The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. Picnic in a quiet vineyard, experience the skies like never before in a sailplane at the National Soaring Museum or celebrate your favorite Vino during the Finger Lakes Wine Month in May. From water sports to wine tours, there is something for everyone when you vacation in Finger Lakes in spring or summer. Experience the rich beauty of your surroundings and the exciting rush of activities available to you in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

The destination would be the perfect fit for CRN because it is not far from the Canadian border and boasts a number of experience for the adventure lover, wine lover, families with kids of all ages and more.

www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com

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