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FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

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The backyard cookout and barbecue bug that bit Americans in the 1950s was reinforced by cookbooks that celebrated this new style. Sunset magazine promoted cuisine and travel in the American West, and James Beard, the emergent dean of American food, published popular cookbooks teaching people how to take the new fare and the new ingredients seriously. As the backyard lifestyle evolved, grill and barbecue fans learned from each other and later from people like cookbook author and television grill guru Steve Raichlen.

Sunset Barbecue Cook Book, 1958

Sunset Barbecue Cook Book, 1958

Gift of Rayna Green

Jim Beard’s Complete Book of Barbecue & Rotisserie Cooking, 1954

Jim Beard’s Complete Book of Barbecue & Rotisserie Cooking, 1954

Gift of Rayna Green

The Barbecue Bible, 1998

The Barbecue Bible, 1998

Gift of Rayna Green