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California Dish: What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Morbidly fascinating.

    When you read through this culinary memoir there will be a temptation to compare it with Tony Bourdain's work. At the very topmost layer of the surface there will be some passing similarities, two famous chefs who can wield a pen as well as a Wusthof without the aid of a ghostwriter...but that's where it ends. In a way Jeremiah Tower is a photonegative, a bookend of Bourdain. Where Bourdain swaggers, Tower is genteel. One is NYC bravura, the other California cool one is a journeyman with a survival instinct, the other a creator with penchant for self-destruction. What is really different is the while Bourdain is rather a morbid and caustic optimist, Tower is all polish and charmingly embittered. Foodwise, nobody will ever confuse Bourdain with an innovator, he is an (excellent)interpreter of standards. Tower is an innovator and the recipes he sprinkles throughout are indicative of this. In the end what fascinates is that Tower tells the tale of how self-sabotage strikes even (especially?) the most gifted among us, in a way the reader can spot Hubris breeding Nemesis but the author can't. The book is worth it for the recipes alone, the prose is a bonus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2003

    Jeremiah's Star fades to black

    Lame tell-all...except that is so incredibly inacurate! Does he really think we are that stupid? really belongs in British Tabloid- His view and rememberaces are blurred thrugh the champagne.Pittiful (actually Shameful).

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