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Beating the Nazis with Truffles and Tripe: The Early Years of Gourmet
National Arts Club
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Beating the Nazis with Truffles and Tripe: The Early Years of Gourmet

Beating the Nazis with Truffles and Tripe: The Early Years of Gourmet: The Magazine of Good Living

with David Strauss

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As journalist Lucius Beebe remarked, it had taken "a stout heart and a sound stomach" to create a magazine of good living in 1941 as the Depression ended and America entered World War II.  The success of Gourmet, however, depended on courageous strategizing, pitching Gourmet to adventurous readers not afraid to replace the recipes of women's magazines, based mainly on processed food, with a mix of traditional American cooking and classical French cuisine.  This reformulation of gourmet dining was politically astute in view of the Franco-American collaboration against the Nazis. And, it presented a great opportunity, to staff and readers alike, to devise a cuisine based on unrationed, mostly American, ingredients--a far more patriotic way to cook than using ingredients the government rationed for the war effort!  

David Strauss is professor emeritus of history at Kalamazoo College, where he taught courses in American cultural history for 29 years.  Recipient of two Fulbright grants, Strauss also taught American Studies at the University of Lyon, France, and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.  In addition to Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 19341961 (2011), Strauss has published Percival Lowell: The Culture and Science of a Boston Brahmin (2001) and Menace in the West: The Rise of French Anti-Americanism in Modern Times (1978).

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South (East 20th St. between Park Avenue South and Irving Place)
New York, NY 10003

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15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
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