Living on the Earth Chosen as One of the 101 Most Influential American Cookbooks of the 20th Century

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On October 24th and 25th, 2012, Rizzoli Publishers (Random House, New York) unveiled 101 Classic Cookbooks – 501 Classic Recipes, a collection edited by Marvin J. Taylor, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University, home to over 55,000 volumes about food, and Clark Wolf, a New York-based food and restaurant consultant.

Their panel of culinary experts, including food writer and academic Michael Pollan, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, New York Times food critic Florence Fabricant, and chef, food writer, and PBS producer Ruth Reichl,  chose what they consider the most influential American cookbook for each year of the 20th century, and, from those, the quintessential recipes of each book.

From Living on the Earth, they chose four recipes: Dandelion Wine, Sunflower Milk (actually, How To Make Baby Food), Yogurt, and How to Smoke Fish. In addition, six of the original illustrated and hand-lettered page layouts, plus the cover of the Random House second edition are displayed on pages 136 and 137.

Other authors included in the book include Julia Child, Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, Alice Waters, Martha Stewart, Fanny Farmer, Madhur Jaffrey, Molly Katz, and Laurel Robertson.

Here‘s a video of a panel discussion by some of the major organizers and contributors to the book, on October 25, 2012 at New York University.

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