How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today
On Sale: April 21, 2015
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Non-Fiction Memoir | Non-Fiction Cooking / Food
A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded
America’s first certified organic restaurant, My Organic
Life is the story of an unheralded culinary pioneer who
made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to
the American table.
While growing up on a farm in
the Austrian Alps and later in Vienna, Nora Pouillon was
surrounded by fresh and delicious foods. So when she and her
French husband moved to Washington, D.C., in the 1960s, she
was horrified to discover a culinary culture dominated by
hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. The distance
between good, healthy produce and what even the top
restaurants were serving was vast, and Nora was determined
to bridge that gap.
First as a cooking teacher, then
as a restaurant owner, and eventually as the country’s
premier organic restaurateur, she charted a path that
forever changed our relationship with what we eat. Since it
opened in 1979, her eponymous restaurant has been a hot spot
for reporters, celebrities, and politicians—from Jimmy
Carter to the Obamas—alike. Along the way, Nora redefined
what food could be, forging close relationships with local
producers and launching initiatives to take the organic
As much the story of America’s
postwar culinary history as it is a memoir, My Organic
Life encompasses the birth of the farm-to-table
movement, the proliferation of greenmarkets across the
country, and the evolution of the chef into social advocate.
Spanning the last forty years of our relationship with
food, My Organic Life is the deeply
personal, powerfully felt story of the organic revolution—by
the unlikely heroine at its forefront.
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