Paul Freedman

10 Restaurants That Changed America with Paul Freedman

The Yale professor and author will discuss the history and critical restaurants that shaped the industry.


Paul Freedman is the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale. His teaching and research over many years concentrated on the history of the Middle Ages (particularly in Catalonia), with a more recent interest of food and cuisine. In 2007, Freedman edited Food: The History of Taste, which won a prize from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and was nominated for a James Beard award. His latest book, American Cuisine and How It Got This Way, debuted in October of 2019. In addition, he has also completed a short book for Yale University Press entitled “Why Food Matters” which will be published in the fall of 2021. For his lecture, he will discuss the iconic and influential eateries that shaped the restaurant industry as featured in his book, “Ten Restaurants That Changed America.”