Beard, James, 1903-1985

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Culinary expert and teacher.

From the description of Letters, 1952-1964. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 38950846

James Andrews Beard, world-renowned chef, was born in Portland, Oregon on May 5, 1903. He studied briefly at Reed College in Portland but left in 1923 to join a touring theatrical troupe and pursue a career as an actor and singer. In the mid-1930s he began to supplement his income with catering work, and in 1937 he settled in New York and opened a gourmet food shop, Hors D'Oeuvre, Inc. The work at the shop led to Beard's first book, Hors d'Oeuvres and Canapés, in 1940. During the war years, Beard ...

From the description of James Beard Papers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 757688275

James Beard was born in Portland, Oregon in 1903 and attended Reed College and the University of Washington. He taught private cooking classes in Portland (1932-1937), and lectured, wrote, and demonstrated food preparation. Beginning in 1940, he authored many books and weekly syndicated food columns in newspapers. He became the proprietor of James Beard Cooking Classes in New York City in 1955.

From the description of James Beard papers [manuscript], 1937-1985. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 173184369

James Andrews Beard, world-renowned chef, was born in Portland, Oregon on May 5, 1903. He studied briefly at Reed College in Portland but left in 1923 to join a touring theatrical troupe and pursue a career as an actor and singer. In the mid-1930s he began to supplement his income with catering work, and in 1937 he settled in New York and opened a gourmet food shop, Hors D'Oeuvre, Inc. The work at the shop led to Beard's first book, Hors d'Oeuvres and Canapés, in 1940.

During the war years, Beard served with the U.S. Seamen's Service, establishing sailors' canteens in Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Rico, Panama and Marseille. When he returned to New York he resumed writing cookbooks, publishing prolifically and establishing himself as America's most noted culinary authority. In 1946 he was given his own segment on a pioneering television program, NBC's "I Love to Eat," becoming one of the first TV chefs.

Over the years, Beard contributed articles and columns to numerous magazines, including Gourmet, House and Garden and Woman's Day . In the 1970s he wrote a syndicated newspaper column, "Beard on Food."

In 1955 Beard established the James Beard Cooking School in New York, and for many years he served as a consultant to food producers and restaurateurs.

Beard published over twenty books in his lifetime, among them The Fireside Cookbook, The James Beard Cookbook, Delights and Prejudices, a Memoir with Recipes, and James Beard's Theory and Practice of Good Cooking.

James Beard died on January 21, 1985 at age 81.

From the guide to the James Beard Papers, ca. 1950-1980, (© 2010 Fales Library and Special Collections)

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referencedIn Papers, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-. Papers, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn James Beard Collection, 1919-1985 (Bulk 1965-1981) Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1979 Jan. 15-16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Chez Panisse. Chez Panisse, Inc. pictorial collection [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Beard, James, 1903-1985. James Beard Papers. Fales Library
referencedIn Beard, James, 1903-1985. James Beard papers [manuscript], 1937-1985. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Glen Ellen, California, to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1980 Nov. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series II., Alfred A. Knopf Personal, 1874-1984 (bulk 1953-1984). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Beard, James, 1903-1985. [Culinary ephemera : informational]. Box 323. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 (bulk 1960-1980). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1975 Nov. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Kauffman, Mark. Papers, 1966-1992 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1993 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Portland Civic Theatre (Or.). Portland Civic Theatre Photographs Collection [graphic], 1925-1994. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn James Beard Foundation Archive, Bulk, 1990-2008, 1939-2008 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn James Beard photographs collection [graphic], 1968-1984. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Beard, James, 1903-1985. Letters, 1952-1964. Indiana University
creatorOf Beard, James, 1903-1985. James Beard papers [manuscript], 1937-1985. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Brownstone, Cecily. Cecily Brownstone Papers ca. 1940-2002. New York University, Fales Collection
referencedIn Beck, Simone, 1904-1991. Papers, 1920-1993 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf James Beard Papers, ca. 1950-1980 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Corner Book Shop (New York, N. Y.). Records, 1940-1980 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1975 Oct. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed : St. Helena, California, to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1971 Jan. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat, An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub, 2009-2011 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1979 Nov. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Beard, James, 1903-1985. Letters, 1952-1964. Indiana University
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Collection of typed letters signed (184), autograph letters signed (19), autograph and typed postcards signed (15), and autograph notes signed (7) : St. Helena, California, Last House [Glen Ellen, California], and Aix-en-Provence, to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1968-1992. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Child, Julia. Papers, 1920-1993 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1978 Jan. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Child, Julia. Additional papers of Julia Child, 1890-2004 (inclusive) 1950-2001 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1976 Dec. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1980 Oct. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Beard, James, 1903- person
associatedWith Beck, Simone, 1904-1991. person
correspondedWith Brown, Helen Evans person
associatedWith Brownstone, Cecily. person
associatedWith Chez Panisse. corporateBody
associatedWith Child, Julia. person
associatedWith Corner Book Shop (New York, N. Y.) person
associatedWith Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. person
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associatedWith James Beard Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Judith, 1924- person
associatedWith Kauffman, Mark. person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher, 1908- person
associatedWith Portland Civic Theatre (Or.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Wilson, José person
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associatedWith Woman's day. corporateBody
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Oregon
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Cooking
Cooking schools
Cookery, American
Food writing
Cooks--Correspondence
Cooking, American
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Birth 1903-05-05

Death 1985-01-23

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