Four Seasons History of America's Premier Restaurant

Four Seasons History of America's Premier Restaurant contains 22 signature recipes from the acclaimed New York restaurant along with stories of the restaurant's past. There are news clippings, menus, and more insider information about one of the United States' premier restaurants. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 205 pages 

Copyright: 1994 

Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc. 

Author: John Mariani with Alex Von Bidder 

ISBN: 9780517591475

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Description: For more than three decades, The Four Seasons has been synonymous with gracious dining, high standards of food and service, the most sought after clientele -- in short, with the kind of majesty only a handful of other restaurants in the world can muster. Unique among New York's restaurants, The Four Seasons has also come to epitomize the city in much the same way as do other longstanding institutions -- from the Museum of Modern Art to the New York Times. And a great deal of what has occurred in New York during the tenure of The Four Seasons has been cooked up in its two dining rooms. 

Aesthetically, The Four Seasons broke new ground. Housed in Mies van der Rohe's revolutionary Seagram Building, it was designed by Philip Johnson, hung with Picassos and Miros, and landscaped with trees that change with the seasons. It was at The Four Seasons that both "new American Cuisine" and "Spa Cuisine" were born. And it was for good reason that the term "power lunch" was coined by Esquire magazine to describe the midday gathering of luminaries from the fields of publishing, fashion, finance, entertainment, and the arts in the restaurant's Grill Room. 

The Four Seasons is packed with the inside scoop on the most inside of establishments. You'll read about the dinner that preceded Marilyn Monroe's birthday serenade to JFK at Madison Square Garden. You'll learn how power brokers can spot a billion-dollar deal being made across the room. The Four Seasons has played such an integral role in the life of the city that the restaurant's story is really the story of New York in the postwar era. But The Four Seasons is much more than a fascinating social history. Photographs, newspaper clippings, menus, seating charts from the restaurant's files, as well as 22 signature recipes give the reader a taste of what it's like to be a member of this exclusive club. In addition, personal anecdotes from many of the restaurant's most esteemed patrons grace the book's pages. 


Condition: Good condition. 

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