Weighty, intense, and amazing. The author delivers exactly what the title promises - examinations of ten restaurants that - for whatever reason - changed America. Not the ten historically best, not the ten most famous, not the ten most influential, yet nevertheless ten fascinating stories.
Every chapter not only looks at the restaurant in question but places it in context for its place and time. No PR puff pieces here.
Capped with an Epilogue that explores in more depth five themes of modern dining that were touched on individually throughout the book, we see how concepts that we now take for granted were once innovated and ideas we now find innovative were first being espoused over a century ago.
A must read for any historian, sociologist, chef, or fan of fine dining.
Reviewed by Robert N on Dec 9, 2017
Check out this item