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Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat
An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub
Made possible with a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation

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John Ferrone

Biographical Note

John Ferrone was already a respected New York literary editor when he met James Beard and the two became lifelong friends. That friendship took Ferrone beyond his already illustrious list of authors—Anais Nin, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, C.S. Lewis, Janet Flanner—into the world of food.

Working at night after he finished his day job, Ferrone began, out of a devotion to the friendship, editing scores of Beard's articles. Eventually he worked on some of Beard's books and continued to do so (as Beard’s literary executor) after his death. The books include: the James Beard Cookbook, the  Armchair James Beard, and several small format books, including:  Soups and Stews and  Poultry and Shellfish. Ferrone continues to steward Beard's books and attempt keep them in print.

Ferrone discusses not only he and Beard's friendship and their work together, but also others in Beard's circle. He also speaks of their many meals together. A list of those meals, compiled by Ferrone, is included in this file.

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Beard, James, 1903-1985
Brown, Helen Evans
Callvert, Isabel E.
Claiborne, Craig
Cofacci, Gino
Coward, Noel, 1899-1973
Ferrone, John
Flanner, Janet, 1892-1978
Sax, Irene
Triplette, Clay
Walker, Alice, 1944-
Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001
Wilson, José

Dell Publishing Company
Green Giant Company
Harcourt, Inc.

Authors and publishers
Cooking, American -- History -- 20th century
Dinners and dining
Food writers
Manuscript preparation (Authorship)
Manuscripts -- Editing
Publishers and publishing
Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Names

  • Sax, Irene
  • Flanner, Janet, 1892-1978
  • Ferrone, John
  • Coward, Noel, 1899-1973
  • Triplette, Clay
  • Beard, James, 1903-1985
  • Cofacci, Gino
  • Claiborne, Craig
  • Callvert, Isabel E.
  • Brown, Helen Evans
  • Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001
  • Walker, Alice, 1944-
  • Wilson, José

Document Type

  • Menus.
  • Cookbooks.

Subject Organizations

  • Harcourt, Inc.
  • Green Giant Company
  • Dell Publishing Company

Subject Topics

  • Manuscripts -- Editing.
  • Manuscript preparation (Authorship).
  • Homosexuality
  • Gastronomy.
  • Entertaining
  • Dinners and dining
  • Cooking, American -- History -y 20th century
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Authors and publishers.


  • Food writers.

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