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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
2009-2011
 MSS.309

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Ariane Batterberry

Biographical Note

Michael and Ariane Batterberry worked together in publishing from the late 1960s until 2010. Michael Batterberry died of cancer on July 28, 2010 in Manhattan at the age of 78.

Initially, the couple wrote on the history of art and culture. The switch to food began with On The Town in New York, A History of Restaurants from 1776-1976, and generated two ground-breaking magazines:   Food and Wine and  Food Arts. Together, they helped change the way people think about food.

In the early 1960s, the Batterberrys met and became friends with James Beard and subsequently became frequent dinner guests at each other's homes. Beard particularly liked Michael Batterberry's cooking--so much so that Beard invited him to teach a class as part of his Great Cooks series.

In recent years, Michael Batterberry took an active role in educating Americans about problems with the American food system. He was an articulate advocate for small farmers, especially immigrant farmers, and a founding director of Wholesome Wave Foundation, which works to bring fresh, locally grown, affordable food to underserved communities.

The Batterberrys each discuss their early lives (he on several continents and she on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in London) and their professional lives.

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People:
Batterberry, Ariane Ruskin
Batterberry, Michael
Beard, James, 1903-1985
Johnson, Hugh, 1939-

Organizations:
Food Arts
Food & wine (New York, N.Y.)
Pantheon Books

Subjects:
Cooking, American -- History -- 20th century
Dinners and dining
Feminism
Food habits -- New York (State) -- New York
Gastronomy
Menus
Publishers and publishing
Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York
Sex role – Unites States -- History -- 20th century
Sexual division of labor -- United States

Subject Names

  • Batterberry, Ariane Ruskin
  • Beard, James, 1903-1985
  • Batterberry, Michael
  • Johnson, Hugh, 1939-

Document Type

  • Menus.

Subject Organizations

  • Food Arts
  • Pantheon Books
  • Food & wine (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Sexual division of labor -- United States
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Sex role -- United States -x History -y 20th century
  • Dinners and dining
  • Feminism.
  • Food habits -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Gastronomy.
  • Cooking, American -- History -y 20th century

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