Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
October 23, 2017
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Clifford A. Wright won the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year award and the James Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food in 2000 for A Mediterranean Feast (William Morrow), which was also a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ (IACP) cookbook of the year award that same year.

He is the author of sixteen books, fourteen of which are cookbooks, including his latest One-Pot Wonders, Hot & Cheesy and The Best Soups in the World. Wright’s articles on food and cuisine have appeared in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Saveur, and other magazines. He is a contributing editor to ZesterDaily.Com. As an independent researcher, Wright wrote the food entries for Columbia University’s Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and several entries for the Oxford Companion to Sweets and has published scholarly articles on food in peer-reviewed journals such as Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, Food and Foodways, and Gastronomica.

Wright has also lectured on food at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Boston University, Georgetown University, Davidson College in North Carolina, Loyola Marymount University, South Dakota State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Culinary Institute of America among other institutions.

As a cooking teacher he has taught cooking classes at the Central Market cooking schools in Texas, the Rhode Island School of Design, Institute for Culinary Education in New York, Sur la Table and other cooking schools around the United States. In 2009 he founded the Venice Cooking School with Martha Rose Shulman in Los Angeles, California.

Clifford has a Master's degree in philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of the New School for Social Research in New York and was a Ph.d. candidate in philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also studied international affairs at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. In a previous career Wright was a foreign policy researcher and administrator at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. as well as other non-profit research institutes involved with international affairs.

[photo: Michelle van Vliet]

Clifford’s Upcoming Schedule

nothing scheduled at this time.


Clifford on Radio

Listen to the Podcast of Evan Kleiman Good Food on KCRW.

Listen to NPR's "Fresh Air" and Clifford Wright talking about A Mediterranean Feast.

The Restaurant Guys on WCTC-AM, New Jersey

For more of Clifford's radio interviews, visit "podcasts" under the LINKS tab above.



Cooks Tour

Mediterranean Journeys with Clifford Wright
(Clifford's Television Show Now in Development)

Clifford A. Wright’s Sample Lectures

 

"Mediterranean Demand, Newfoundland Supply: How Salt and Cod Married in Mediterranean Cuisines" Early Modern Network, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

 

“The Arab Role in Mediterranean Gastronomy,” Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.

“Memory and History” Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

“Arab Influences on Medieval Mediterranean Cuisine,” Institute of Medieval History, Boston University.

“How Does Cuisine Happen?” Culinary Institute of America, NY.

“The Discovery of Hard Wheat, the Invention of Macaroni, and the Mediterranean Origins of Italian Cuisine,” Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

“The Veil, the Harem and the Kitchen: the Muslim Woman in Context.” Boston University.

“Towards a Phenomenological History of Food: the Development and Origins of European Cuisine.” Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

“Mediterranean Transits, Trade Routes and Foodways in the Late Medieval World.” Oldways International Symposium,” Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Spain.

 

For inquiries concerning demonstration-only or hands-on cooking classes, cooking contest judging, private dinner parties, lecturing, teaching, and consulting contact Clifford at cwright@cliffordawright.com


Clifford's Contact Representatives:

Doe Coover
The Doe Coover Agency
P.O. Box 668
Winchester, MA 01890
781-721-6000
781-721-6727 (fax)

or

Angela Miller
Miller Agency-Film Center
630 Ninth Ave. Suite 1102
New York, NY 10036
angela@milleragency.net

Clifford's Publishers:

William Morrow | www.harpercollins.com

John Wiley and Sons | www.wiley.com

Harvard Common Press | www.harvardcommonpress.com

Little, Brown | www.hachettebookgroupusa.com

Simon and Schuster | www.simonsays.com

Macmillan | www.macmillan.com


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I always felt it would take several lifetimes to research the many facets of Mediterranean cooking--history, languages, influences, the range of culinary resourcefulness and extravagance, and the varied tastes of fourteen countries.  In his monumental work [Mediterranean Feast], Clifford Wright has made a huge contribution.  An astonishing accomplishment.
- Paula Wolfert, author of The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean


If there is a cookbook of the year, this [Mediterranean Feast] is it.  A remarkably ambitious work....The subject is vast, the scope of time daunting, but Wright comes across as a cheerful, dedicated scholar who was sorry when he had to stop.  Recipes are written to be accessible to contemporary cooks.
- William Rice, Chicago Tribune

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