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Southern Provisions: The Creation & Revival of a Cuisine

David S. Shields
Format
Book
Published
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Language
English
ISBN
9780226141114, 022614111X, 9780226141251, 022614125X
Summary
"Southern food is America's quintessential cuisine. From creamy grits to simmering pots of beans and greens, we think we know how these classic foods should taste. Yet the southern food we eat today tastes almost nothing like the dishes our ancestors enjoyed because the varied crops and livestock that originally defined this cuisine have largely disappeared. Now, a growing movement of chefs and farmers is seeking to change that by recovering the rich flavor and diversity of southern food. At the center of that movement is historian David Shields, who has spent over a decade researching early American agricultural and cooking practices. In Southern Provisions, he reveals how the true ingredients of southern cooking have been all but forgotten and how the lessons of its current restoration and recultivation can be applied to other regional foodways. Shields's turf is the southern Lowcountry, from the peanut patches of Wilmington, North Carolina to the sugar cane fields of the Georgia Sea Islands and the citrus groves of Amelia Island, Florida, and he takes us on an excursion to this region in order to offer a vivid history of southern foodways, drawing connections among plants, farms, growers, seed brokers, vendors, cooks, and consumers. Shields begins by looking at how professional chefs during the nineteenth century set standards of taste that elevated southern cooking to the level of cuisine. He then turns to the role of food markets in creating demand for ingredients and enabling conversation between producers and preparers. Next, his focus shifts to the field, showing how the key ingredients--rice, sugarcane, sorghum, benne, cottonseed, peanuts, and citrus--emerged and went on to play a significant role in commerce and consumption. Shields concludes with a look at the challenges of reclaiming both farming and cooking traditions."--Publisher's description.
Contents
  • Rebooting a cuisine
  • The South and the institutions of American food
  • Madame Eugène and nineteenth-century restaurant cuisine in New Orleans
  • The Maryland Club feast
  • Charleston's caterers, 1795 to 1883
  • The Jockey Club banquet of February 1, 1860
  • Possum in Wetumpka
  • Touring the city markets, 1810 to 1860
  • Fish master : C.C. Leslie and the reconstruction of Charleston cuisine
  • The New York market : national supply and demand
  • Truck farming
  • Carolina gold rice
  • Sugar from the sugarcane
  • Sorghum
  • Prospecting for oil
  • Peanuts and peanut oil
  • Citrus
  • The return of the tastes.
Description
xvi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original green cloth; dust jacket. Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2015/2016.
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