Book Signing and Tasting with Becky Diamond

Join The Doylestown Bookshop in welcoming Becky Diamond, for her book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner. There will be a book signing and a sampling of some food to enjoy. Saturday December 5th at 1:30pm.

About The Thousand Dollar Dinner:

A Lavish Seventeen-Course Meal that Launched a New Age of American Dining
In 1851, fifteen wealthy New Yorkers wanted to show a group of Philadelphia friends just how impressive a meal could be and took them to Delmonico's, New York's finest restaurant. They asked Lorenzo Delmonico to astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast, and assured him that money was no object, as the honor of New York was at stake. They were treated to a magnificent banquet, enjoyed by all. However, not to be outdone, the Philadelphia men invited the New Yorkers to a meal prepared by James W. Parkinson in their city. In what became known as the Thousand Dollar Dinner, Parkinson successfully rose to the challenge, creating a seventeen-course extravaganza featuring fresh salmon, baked rockfish, braised pigeon, turtle steaks, spring lamb, out-of-season fruits and vegetables, and desserts, all paired with rare wines and liquors. Midway through the twelve-hour meal, the New Yorkers declared Philadelphia the winner of their competition, and at several times stood in ovation to acknowledge the chef's mastery. In "The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America's First Great Cookery Challenge," research historian Becky Libourel Diamond presents the entire seventeen-course meal, course by course, explaining each dish and its history. A gastronomic turning point, Parkinson's luxurious meal helped launch the era of grand banquets of the gilded age and established a new level of American culinary arts to rival those of Europe.

Becky Libourel Diamond has had a varied career combining writing and research. Her second book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner, tells the unique story of a 19th century culinary challenge between Philadelphia restauranteur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of NY. The result was a luxurious 17-course feast that helped launch fine restaurant dining in America as we know it today. Ms. Diamond presents the entire meal, course by course, explaining each dish and its history. She is also the author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America's First Cooking School.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ISBN: 9781594162312
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Published: Westholme Publishing - October 28th, 2015


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