"I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around."
-James Beard (1903-1985)
May 5th is the birthday of James Beard, who began his career in theater, but switched paths and became known as the "Dean of American Cooking."
Beard wrote twenty-three cookbooks (including the first major cookbook devoted exclusively to cocktail food, Hors d'Oeuvre & Canapés" in 1940) and appeared on NBC's "I Love to Eat," the first cooking show ever televised.
Through an age of convenience food, Beard espoused the value of whole, fresh foods, American ingredients and hands-on cookery.
A simple sample recipe: James Beard's Favorite Hamburger (with cream, of course).