RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 794361344 LA English T1 How America eats : a social history of U.S. food and culture A1 Wallach, Jennifer Jensen,, PB Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. PP Lanham YR 2013 SN 9781442208742 1442208740 9781442208759 1442208759 AB This work, written by a food and social historian sheds a new and interesting light on American history by way of the dinner table. It is, at once, a study of America's diverse culinary history and a look at the country's unique and unprecedented journey to the present day. While undeniably a "melting pot" of different cultures and cuisines, America's food habits have been shaped as much by technological innovations and industrial progress as by the intermingling and mixture of ethnic cultures. By studying what Americans have been eating since the colonial era, we are further enlightened to the conflicting ways in which Americans have chosen to define themselves, their culture, their beliefs, and the changes those definitions have undergone over time. Understanding the American diet is the first step toward grasping the larger truths, the complex American narratives that have long been swept under the table, and the evolving answers to the question: What does it mean to be American?