The Way We Ate

100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table

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About The Book

From the food photographers and creators of the popular blog The Way We Ate comes a lavishly illustrated journey through the rich culinary tradition of the last American century, with 100 recipes from the nation's top chefs and food personalities.

Take a trip back in time through the rich culinary tradition of the last American century with more than 100 of the nation’s top chefs and food personalities.

The Way We Ate captures the twentieth century through the food we’ve shared and prepared. Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz (creators of the hugely popular blog The Way We Ate) are your guides to a dazzling display of culinary impressionism: For each year from 1901 to 2000, they invite a well-known chef or food connoisseur to translate the essence or idea of a historical event into a beautifully realized dish or cocktail. The result is an eclectic array of modern takes and memorable classics, featuring original recipes conjured by culinary notables, including:

Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pépin, Marc Forgione, José Andrés, Ruth Reichl, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael White, Andrew Carmellini, Anita Lo, Gael Greene, Michael Lomonaco, Melissa Clark, Justin Warner, Michael Laiskonis, Sara Jenkins, Shanna Pacifico, Jeremiah Tower, and Ashley Christensen

An innovative work of history and a cookbook like no other, The Way We Ate is the story of a nation’s cravings—and how they continue to influence the way we cook, eat, and talk about food today.

About The Author

Photograph by Noah Fecks + Paul Wagtouicz

Noah Fecks is a New York City-based photographer who has a desire to re-create, cook, and capture some of the best recipes of the twentieth century. Noah earned his BFA from the Parsons School of Design and has taught in the photography department at Parsons. Visit his blog at TheWayWeAte.net.

Photograph by Noah Fecks + Paul Wagtouicz

Paul Wagtouicz is a New York City-based photographer who has a desire to re-create, cook, and capture some of the best recipes of the twentieth century. Paul is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Visit his blog at TheWayWeAte.net.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 2013)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476732725

Raves and Reviews

“Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be an original idea for a cookbook left to invent, here is The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table. It has the charm of old menus and vintage recipe collections. You can cook by it, stir your cocktail or just be amused by what great chef or cookbook writer was assigned what year to memorialize and what they wrote.”

– Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic

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