"A pageurner filled with delicious dish about boldfaced names and an in-depth look at the ways in which a series of food pioneers touched off a revolution...Kamp is an excellent writer. He uses prodigious research, sly humor and storytelling skills to illuminate the back stories of wellknown foodcentric businesses." USA Today "With the sweep of an epic novel, David Kamp takes us behind the scenes and into the sweaty, wacky, weird trenches of the Great American Food Revolution. His reporting is solid, his storytelling magnificent, and his good humor is seemingly inexhaustible. I can't imagine a better guide. This is a terrific book."Molly O'Neill Introduction The United States of Arugula is the story of an American revolutionthe dramatic culinary changes that brought robust international flavors to a table formerly piled high with bland meat and potatoes. Who was behind this transformation, bringing salsa to the typical American pantry and sushi to chain grocery stores? When did macaroni become "pasta," while celebrity chefs and organic produce became part of our household vocabularies? A thrilling ride through decades of innovation and food politics, The United States of Arugula delivers a wickedly entertaining history of these cultural sea changes, from the emergence of Julia Child's beloved but oftenspoofed television breakthrough to the rise of West Coast gourmet vegetarianism, and the contemporary lodestars who now heat up the Food Network around the clock. Brimming with insider details and rarely reported anecdotes, this is a cultural history that every book club can savor.Kamp, David is the author of 'United States of Arugula The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution', published 2007 under ISBN 9780767915809 and ISBN 0767915801.