Frederick Kaufman

Review of Beaumont’s Kitchen in Aperture Magazine

Aperture Magazine’s Spring 2010 issue features a review of Beaumont’s Kitchen, Lessons on Food, Life and Photography with Beaumont Newhall by Frederick Kaufman, author of Short History of the American Stomach. The book, published by Radius Books in the spring of 2009, focuses on the father of photographic history’s epicurean side. It features his food columns and recipes alongside photographs and reminiscences by some of the “Newhall Circle,” which included Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand.

Beaumont cover

An excerpt from the review notes:

“The book’s editors have mixed studio portraits with street photography and the staging works well with Newhall’s columns, which include intricate instructions for hollandaise and béarnaise sauces, along with straightforward recipes for home-fried potatoes, steak-and-kidney pie, corn pudding, and a hearty coq au vin the author discovered on an Air France inflight meal. (In tourist class, Newhall wryly noted, there was no change of service for dessert–a ripe pear.)”

“The great surprise in these pages is that while Beaumont’s Kitchen succeeds as a period piece, it manages to transcend the time-capsule genre. These columns anticipate much of the criticism of supermarkets, fast food, and agribusiness that has since become a full-scale social movement. ‘The food industry, that great dictator of America’s taste,’ has shoveled broccoli, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts ‘into the mass freezer,’ noted Newhall, ‘to be served forth in deforested parodies of themselves.”

The full review is available in the current print version of Aperture Magazine.

To purchase Beaumont’s Kitchen, visit Radius’ online store.