The Way We Ate

100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table

The Way We Ate

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.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476732756 | 
  • October 2013

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About the Authors

Noah Fecks
Photograph by Noah Fecks + Paul Wagtouicz

Noah Fecks

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 B.F.A from the Parsons School of Design and teaches in the photography department at Parsons. Visit his blog at TheWayWeAte.net.

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Paul Wagtouicz
Photograph by Noah Fecks + Paul Wagtouicz

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.

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