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Author of THE MAN WHO ATE TOO MUCH: A Life of James Beard (@wwnorton). Pushing back on queer erasure in American food. He/him.

Oakland, CA
Joined May 2011
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@John_Birdsall
John Birdsall
an hour ago
I wrote about Don Guerra of Tucson, the Latino/indigenous baker re-centering craft bread in wheat's 17th century North American entry point: the Sonoran desert. @barriobreadco
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John Birdsall
a day ago
“Whether or not you care for the cord of comment and episode on which Miss Toklas has strung her beads, the recipes, the beads themselves, have ‘the distinction of being distinctive’…”
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John Birdsall
4 days ago
"In reportage and cultural criticism, the newsman and the commentator’s reflex is to portray us as perennial refugees and ingovernables—but our food’s good."
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John Birdsall
4 days ago
"Maybe, to you, cookbooks are neutral tools, pretty to look at, or part of middle- and upper-class leisure. I firmly believe cookbooks are always political, even conceptually."
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John Birdsall
4 days ago
Amazing! Daniel's narration is pretty much the writing voice I hear in my head.
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Daniel Henning
5 days ago
Thank you @John_Birdsall for your incredible biography of James Beard. And thank you even more for allowing me to tell your story. This nomination is just the cherry on top of the Gastronomic Sundae! Thanks @HighBridgeAudio for bring it all together and for trusting me!
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paulmorrisTIM
11 days ago
@John_Birdsall 's bio of James Beard is brilliant and a beautiful read. If you have any interest in the life of this legendary oversized gay chef, this is a book you have to read. #jamesbeard. .
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Mayukh Sen
11 days ago
this saturday in bk—i'll be speaking on a @cherrybombemag panel about the art of the biography with the great @LaurieWoolever, @John_Birdsall, + @APrudhommeWords (if you buy a ticket you'll get a signed advance copy of my book, which isn't out til 11/16!)
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John Birdsall
11 days ago
The first US food biography (on James Beard, btw) dates only to 1990. Hear me and 3 other esteemed food biographers talk about the current state of the genre THIS SATURDAY in Brooklyn, thanks to @cherrybombemag
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John Birdsall
14 days ago
I came out to my mom at 21. I'd moved back home and was reading E.M. Forster's MAURICE and described the plot to her. She said, "You're not gay, are you?" and I said "Actually I think I am." I owe so much to books. #nationalcomingoutday
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John Birdsall
18 days ago
Excited to be back in Brooklyn, my home base in the summer of '17 while buried (smothered, actually) in Beard research.
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Cherry Bombe
18 days ago
Love culinary biographies? Don't miss our "Art of the Biography" panel at Cherry Bombe Cooks & Books, Oct. 16th, at the new Ace Hotel Brooklyn with @LaurieWoolever @John_Birdsall @senatormayukh and Alex Prud'homme. Tickets on sale now!
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Ms. Charlotte
21 days ago
Also: - AIDS activists wrapping Jesse Helm's house in a giant condom - Dumping the ashes of AIDS victims on the White House lawn - Throwing a pie in Anita Bryant's face Those folks were in the streets being disruptive as fuck and honestly I love it.
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@charlotteirene8
Ms. Charlotte
21 days ago
The folks shocked by Krysten Sinema being followed into a bathroom by her constituents would HATE the queer activitism of the 70s and 80s. ACT UP did a die in at St. Patrick's in NYC and shouted at Cardinal O'Connor during the homily.
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@EmilyContois
Dr. Emily Contois
21 days ago
Along with our editors' introduction and afterword, Food Instagram features 17 chapters exploring how Instagram has influenced what, how, and why we eat with contributions from academics, influencers, artists, and journalists that explore food Instagram in 12 countries.
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@brettmartin
Brett Martin
21 days ago
Related to @hannaraskin's nuanced report, I've been getting press releases from restaurants that take great pains to assure me they're not concentrating on anything as superficial as the food.
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Hanna Raskin
21 days ago
In today's edition of The Food Section: Thoughts on why fancy restaurant awards need a successor in the South as the Beards slide into the social justice space.
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John Birdsall
21 days ago
I mean the namesake of these awards—as much affection as I have for James Beard, despite the way he acted out his worst tendencies and exploited others—is problematic to say the least.
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John Birdsall
21 days ago
"With its awards overhaul, The James Beard Foundation seems to have invalidated the media portion of its program: All entrants are now required to pledge to 'further our industry,' which runs contrary to the defining principle of independent journalism."
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John Birdsall
25 days ago
She's looking into it
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