You have reached the web pages of award-winning investigative journalist and essayist Stephen Fried. He is the Stephen Fried who wrote those books Thing of Beauty, Bitter Pills, The New Rabbi and Husbandry and who wrote those articles in Vanity Fair, The Washington Post Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Ladies' Home Journal and Philadelphia Magazine. He is also the Stephen Fried who teaches magazine writing at Columbia University. He is not, however, the Stephen Fried who is the expert on Alaskan salmon spawning, the social gerontologist, the global information security expert, the Indy 500 master mechanic or the theater director (although he respects them and all other Steve Frieds).

By clicking your way through this site, you can find out more about this particular Stephen Fried. You can get information about his books and magazine writing (including the bizarre case of the ten dead babies of Marie Noe), you can learn how (and why) he invented the word "fashionista," and you can contact him. You can also see him holding a large fish

Now in paperback and e-book:

APPETITE FOR AMERICA: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time

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"Appetite for America is the kind of superb non-fiction you don't see anymore--marvelously reported, fluidly written and a remarkable story about a remarkable man who influenced American culture perhaps more than anyone alive past or present. Stephen Fried brings Fred Harvey alive in a true story as brilliant as it is meticulous as it is compulsively readable.”

--Buzz Bissinger, best-selling author of Friday Night Lights

“Part business story, part social history, part family saga, Appetite for America gives us the ‘winning’ of the West in a whole new, mouth-watering way”

--Hampton Sides, best-selling author of Blood and Thunder

“Impressive ... delightful ... a business story and a sweeping social history populated with memorable characters ....”

--Jonathan Eig, Wall Street Journal

“Meaty ... an expansive chronicle of dining out in America .... How important was Fred Harvey? ... As the gold standard of hospitality, Harvey played host to everyone who was anyone ...”

--Jane and Michael Stern, New York Times Book Review

“Delicious ... very satisfying ... Harvey’s amazing story is a tale of trailblazing entrepreneurship in trying circumstances.”

--USA Today

“Once in a while, you pick up a book that prompts you to make a list of people you simply must recommend it to. Appetite for America is one of those.”

--Roz Shea,

“I've been devouring the story of Fred Harvey in the new book Appetite for America ... when you read the descriptions of this impeccable level of service and the incredible attention to detail in restaurants and in hotels, where design was everything and everything had to look beautiful, it just makes you want to cry because so little of that is left...”

--Melissa Block, NPR’s All Things Considered

“A magnificent tale of America coming of age, told with mastery and a lively sense of humor ... Hollywood ... could have done a slew of movies about the extraordinary life of Fred Harvey. ”

--David Bain, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Compelling .... Fried spins a spellbinding yarn ... [I’ve] hardly been able to put the thing down”

--Tony Ortega, editor, Village Voice

“This year is only some three months old, but I want to recommend Stephen Fried's 'Appetite for America' in the category of best biography of 2010.”

--Albuquerque Journal

“Splendid ... remarkable ... the affectionate and entertaining story of a man who saw the American West for what it could be, and made it a reality.”

--Arizona Republic

“Enthralling. .. a lively and detailed portrait of a fascinating character who changed the way Americans eat, drink, sleep, travel, and play. Stephen Fried is a gifted researcher and storyteller.”

--Karen Abbott, best-selling author of Sin in the Second City

"Engrossing ... part biography and part corporate history, Fried weaves a sprawling story of one of the country's first self-made millionaire families. ...."

--Kevin Keefe, publisher, Trains magazine

“What a ride! ... A marvelous look at a family and institution that was synonymous with the West for nearly a century ... The Fred Harvey story is told here with all its majesty, dirty laundry, triumphs and failures in plain sight. It is well told and will capture readers as [well] as any fictional thriller. Except this is all reality."

--Lincoln Journal Star











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