July 14, 2016
CRAIG CLAIBORNE'S CHILDHOOD HOME
"Craig Claiborne was born on September 4, 1920, in the Mississippi Delta town of Sunflower. When his family lost money and land after the price of cotton crashed in the early 1920s, his mother, Kathleen Claiborne, opened a boarding house in the nearby town of Indianola. Craig Claiborne remembered that busy boarding house kitchen as his “playground.”
"Claiborne earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1942. After he served the Navy in both World War II and the Korean War, Claiborne sought formal culinary training. In 1953 Claiborne enrolled in the L’école Professionnelle de la Société Suisse des Hôteliers in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied haute cuisine and banquet service."
"When The New York Times named Claiborne food editor in 1957, he became the first man to hold that position at a major American newspaper. Craig Claiborne’s weekly restaurant reviews transformed American restaurant criticism. His encouragement of home cooks coupled with his attention to foreign foods, changed how Americans ate. He canonized culinary experts, including Marcella Hazan (Italian), Madhur Jaffery (Indian), and Diana Kennedy (Mexican). He bolstered the careers of chefs such as Jacques Pepin and Pierre Franey, with whom he frequently collaborated. Through his newspaper columns and books, Craig Claiborne inspired Americans to embrace cooking and eating as an activity worth pursuing for pleasure and study."
"The historical marker was unveiled on Thursday, November 13, 2016 at 4 p.m. Craig Claiborne died January 22, 2000."
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