It is high time great chefs were honored on postage stamps. On September 26th, they will be in the form of 49¢ “Forever” stamps that will be issued in sheets of 20. Five chefs will be honored in this set, as follows (from the USPS website):
“Teacher and author James Beard (1903-1985) avidly fostered a more vibrant food culture in the United States. He was a passionate advocate of local ingredients and markets, and his popular books covered everything from seafood to bread.
“Through cookbooks, a trailblazing television show, and her landmark restaurants in the Boston area, Joyce Chen (1917-1994) became one of America’s greatest popularizers of Chinese food. She is also credited with introducing the flat-bottom wok to American kitchens.
“Julia Child (1912-2004) demystified French cuisine in the United States. Her extremely popular television shows and cookbooks made her synonymous with American cooking for more than 40 years, and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.
“By bringing such quintessential dishes as shrimp and grits and roast chicken to the plates of trendy restaurants, Edna Lewis (1916-2006) showed her fellow Americans the vitality of Southern cooking.
“Widely credited with introducing the Spanish small-plate tapas concept to American restaurants, Felipe Rojas-Lombardi (1946-1991) drew upon the eclectic kitchens of his youth in Peru to raise the profile of South American cuisine in the United States.”
Only the image of the stamp featuring James Beard has been released thus far (Oh, the intrigue!). In the weeks prior to the release, additional designs will be released.
Personally, I cannot wait for this fun set of stamps (that will pair nicely with the recently released set of Farmer's Market stamps - see below). What great bookplates these would make for our favorite cookbooks. Think of the culinary mail art. The mind reels, the stomach growls!
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