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Eating history : 30 turning points in the making of American cuisine

Author: Andrew F Smith
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2009] ©2009
Series: Arts and traditions of the table.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: Food expert and celebrated food historian Andrew F. Smith recounts-in delicious detail-the creation of contemporary American cuisine. The diet of the modern American wasn't always as corporate, conglomerated, and corn-rich as it is today, and the style of American cooking, along with the ingredients that compose it, has never been fixed. With a cast of characters including bold inventors, savvy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cookbooks
Nonfiction
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew F Smith
ISBN: 9780231140935 0231140932 9780231140928 0231140924 9780231511759 0231511752
OCLC Number: 300280325
Description: xii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Prologue --
1: Oliver Evans's automated mill --
2: Erie Canal --
3: Delmonico's --
4: Sylvester Graham's reforms --
5: Cyrus McCormick's reaper --
6: Multiethnic smorgasbord --
7: Giving thanks --
8: Gail Borden's canned milk --
9: Homogenizing war --
10: Transcontinental railroad --
11: Fair food --
12: Henry Crowell's Quaker special --
13: Wilbur O Atwater's calorimeter --
14: Cracker Jack snack --
15: Fannie Farmer's cookbook --
16: Kelloggs' corn flakes --
17: Upton Sinclair's Jungle --
18: Frozen seafood and TV dinners --
19: Michael Cullen's super market --
20: Earle MacAusland's Gourmet --
21: Jerome I Rodale's Organic gardening --
22: Percy Spencer's radar --
23: Frances Roth and Katharine Angell's CIA --
24: McDonald's drive-in --
25: Julia Child, the French chef --
26: Jean Nidetch's diet --
27: Alice Waters's Chez Panisse --
28: TVFN --
29: Flavr Savr --
30: Mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Arts and traditions of the table.
Responsibility: Andrew F. Smith.
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Overview: Food expert and celebrated food historian Andrew F. Smith recounts-in delicious detail-the creation of contemporary American cuisine. The diet of the modern American wasn't always as corporate, conglomerated, and corn-rich as it is today, and the style of American cooking, along with the ingredients that compose it, has never been fixed. With a cast of characters including bold inventors, savvy restaurateurs, ruthless advertisers, mad scientists, adventurous entrepreneurs, celebrity chefs, and relentless health nuts, Smith pins down the truly crackerjack history behind the way America eats. Smith's story opens with early America, an agriculturally independent nation where most citizens grew and consumed their own food. Over the next two hundred years, however, Americans would cultivate an entirely different approach to crops and consumption. Advances in food processing, transportation, regulation, nutrition, and science introduced highly complex and mechanized methods of production. The proliferation of cookbooks, cooking shows, and professionally designed kitchens made meals more commercially, politically, and culturally potent. To better understand these trends, Smith delves deeply and humorously into their creation. Ultimately he shows how, by revisiting this history, we can reclaim the independent, locally sustainable roots of American food.

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