Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Happy B-Day to James Beard

I want to wish James Beard a happy birthday, albeit one day late. Beard was born in Portland, Oregon, on May 5, 1903. He died in 1985, only getting a hint of the impact his life would have on cooking (both at home and in restaurants).

Like Julia Childs, he gained public exposure primarily through the medium of television. Beard's show "I Love to Eat" focused on the importance of using fresh ingredients in cooking.

The James Beard Foundation helps advance his views and values. Time magazine has called the awards bestowed by JBF “the Oscars of the food world." Just this week, the JBF announced its 2009 winners -- a list can be accessed right here.

The world is definitely a lot more wholesome and delicious because of James Beard.

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