The White Hart Speaker Series: Justin Spring - "The Gourmand's Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy"

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
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The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library
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In his new biography THE GOURMAND'S WAY: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Justin Spring focuses on the most joyful, exciting, formative, and dramatic moments in the lives of six pre-eminent writers, many of which were intimately connected to the exploration and discovery of fine French food and drink―whether they experienced it at top Michelin-starred restaurants or straight from a hot plate in an artist’s garret. The Gourmands’ Way leads us through both the fabled world of haute cuisine and the vibrant bohemian and artistic haunts of the Left Bank during the 1950s.

Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures. Liebling was a great war correspondent, reporter, and humorist who opens Spring’s narrative by sweeping into Paris with the French and Allied forces in August 1944; Toklas was Gertrude Stein’s life partner who reinvented herself at age seventy-five as a cookbook author; Fisher was a sensualist storyteller and fabulist; Child was a cookbook author, America’s greatest television food celebrity, and the reinventor of the dinner party; Lichine was an ambitious wine merchant who, through an astounding series of risk-taking ventures, became the leading importer of French wines in America; and Olney was a reclusive but freewheeling artist who reluctantly evolved into one of the foremost American writers on French cuisine and French wine.

Justin Spring is the author of two previous biographies: Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing on visual art includes monographs and museum catalogues, most recently Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities. Image c Jason Puris.


The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374103156
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2017

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374281342
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 17th, 2010

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By Pam Hatley (Editor), Justin Spring (Essay by), Marla Price (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781857594980
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Modern Art Museum - February 1st, 2008