The Triumvirate of American Cooking

TRIUMVIRATE: Latin triumvirātus, from triumvirī, board of three [men]

Americans owe a lot to the following three people — without them our grocery stores and larders and pantries would still be filled with cans of baked beans and boxes of Jell-O.*

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James Beard

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Julia Child

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Craig Claiborne

*David Kamp’s The United States of Arugula (2006)  supports this thesis. The more the merrier, I always say.