is an abundance of easy-to-follow recipes that have passed
the tests of time and taste.
there is something here for picnic or feast or solitary meal
would please both the common and uncommon man, both the most avid
carnivore and the most fastidious vegetarian.
But what makes this finely crafted book special is the abundance
of history that borders most every centerpiece of a recipe, made
alive by sketches and personal reminiscences of distinguished personalities
long associated with one of America's most venerable institutions
of music - the BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (BSO).
So, as one leafs through the pages of delightful recipes, one meanders
through a century of collective and individual memories...
...of SYMPHONY HALL, BSO's hallowed home: from the day one hundred
years ago when it first opened its doors to honored guests, revealing
elegant interiors and unmatched acoustics, to the present as - now
a National Historic Landmark - it enters its second century with
a year-long musical celebration;
...of how the BSO grew to become, with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood,
the one big happy family it is today;
...of the people who in making legend of Boston's musical history
have themselves become legend: Serge Koussevitzky, Leonard Bernstein,
Arthur Fiedler, Harry Ellis Dickson, to name a few; of the people
who in charting the BSO's present and recent past are well on their
way to becoming the legends of tomorrow: Seiji Ozawa, John Williams,
Keith Lockhart; and of past and present luminaries who gladly made
and make inspired music with one of the world's great orchestras;
...all told through numerous insightful anecdotes - often punctuated
with humor, sketches bearing the personal imprint of Olga Koussevitsky
and Martha Burnham Humphrey, and recipes that reveal the classical
artists' consuming passions.
Indeed this is more than a cookbook; it whets the appetite - for
food, music and bits of Americana. In other words, it's a lot of
Click below for a sampling of the recipes, a taste of the humor,
and a mix 'n match FanFaire quiz.
This book was a FanFaire-BSO 2000 GIVEAWAY.
Book details - A fund-raising project of the Boston
Symphony Association of Volunteers (BSAV); Publisher:
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Printer: The Wimmer
Company Publication date: December 1999 ISBN:
0-9671148-0-2 LCCN: 99-73276 Number of
pages: 332 Number of recipes: 262
cover - Jim Scherer; Sketch of Symphony Hall - Marjorie Vogel; Sketches
of BSO artists - Olga Koussevitzky and Martha Burnham Humphrey;
BY PERMISSION - Boston Symphony Orchestra.