By Becky Libourel Diamond
In 1851, fifteen prosperous New Yorkers desired to exhibit a gaggle of Philadelphia pals simply how extraordinary a meal might be and took them to Delmonico’s, New York’s best eating place. They requested Lorenzo Delmonico to “astonish our Quaker urban buddies with the sumptuousness of our feast,” and warranted him that cash used to be no item, because the honor of latest York used to be at stake. They have been handled to a powerful dinner party, loved by means of all. even though, to not be outdone, the Philadelphia males invited the recent Yorkers to a meal ready via James W. Parkinson of their urban. In what turned often called the “Thousand buck Dinner,” Parkinson effectively rose to the problem, making a seventeen-course extravaganza that includes clean salmon, baked rockfish, braised pigeon, turtle steaks, spring lamb, out-of-season vegetables and fruit, and truffles, all paired with infrequent wines and liquors. halfway in the course of the twelve-hour meal, the recent Yorkers declared Philadelphia the winner in their festival, and at a number of occasions stood in ovation to recognize the chef ’s mastery. In The Thousand buck Dinner: America’s First nice Cookery Challenge, learn historian Becky Libourel Diamond offers the whole seventeen-course meal, direction via path, explaining each one dish and its background. A gastronomic turning element, Parkinson’s sumptuous meal helped release the period of grand banquets of the gilded age and proven a brand new point of yankee culinary arts to rival these of Europe.
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The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America's First Great Cookery Challenge by Becky Libourel Diamond