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The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites

Libby H. O'Connell
Format
Book
Published
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks, [2014]
Language
Text in English
ISBN
9781492603023, 1492603023
Summary
Did you know that the first graham crackers were designed to reduce sexual desire? Or that Americans have tried fad diets for almost two hundred years? Why do we say things like "buck" for a dollar and "living high on the hog"? How have economics, technology, and social movements changed our tastes? Uncover these and other fascinating aspects of American food traditions in The American Plate. Dr. Libby H. O'Connell takes readers on a mouth-watering journey through America's culinary evolution into the vibrant array of foods we savor today. In 100 tantalizing bites, ranging from blueberries and bagels to peanut butter, hard cider, and Cracker Jack, O'Connell reveals the astonishing ways that cultures and individuals have shaped our national diet and continue to influence how we cook and eat. Peppered throughout with recipes, photos, and tidbits on dozens of foods, from the surprising origins of Hershey Bars to the strange delicacies our ancestors enjoyed, such as roast turtle and grilled beaver tail. Inspiring and intensely satisfying, The American Plate shows how we can use the tastes of our shared past to transform our future.
Presents a history of American food in one hundred culinary staples, from Native American maize traditions to the contemporary cuisines of sushi and salsa.
Contents
  • The three sisters and so much more: American Indian foods before Columbus
  • Cod, beaver tail, and sassafras: encounters and exchanges, old world and new
  • Breakfast with rum and tea: from colonies to country
  • Roast turtles and hangtown fry: the rise of a new nation
  • Hardtack and chop suey: from the Civil War to the factory (1860-1875)
  • Baked Alaska and barbecue: the gilded age, the gritty age (1870-1900)
  • Hot dogs, liberty gardens, and bathtub gin: the progressive era, World War I, and prohibition (1900-1928)
  • Scrambled eggs, Hershey bars, and peach cobbler: the great depression and World War II
  • Coca-Cola, iceberg lettuce, and fast food: the postwar, cold war era
  • Microwave popcorn, mesclun greens, and salsa: 1969-2000
  • Epilogue: a few extra bites: American food today.
Description
xix, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (page 301-314) and index.
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