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The pecan : a history of America's native nut

Author: James E McWilliams
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In The Pecan, acclaimed writer and historian James McWilliams explores the history of America's most important commercial nut. He describes how essential the pecan was for Native Americans--by some calculations, an average pecan harvest had the food value of nearly 150,000 bison. McWilliams explains that, because of its natural edibility, abundance, and ease of harvesting, the pecan was left in its natural state  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James E McWilliams
ISBN: 9780292749160 0292749163
OCLC Number: 836557420
Description: xiii, 178 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Cracking the nut --
The Native Americans' nut --
"Pekan Nuttrees" : Europeans encounter the pecan --
" ... the forest into an orchard" : passive cultivation on the Texas frontier --
Antoine's graft : the birth of the improved pecan, 1822-1900 --
"To make these little trees" : the culture of pecan improvement, 1900-1925 --
"Pecans for the world" : the pecan goes industrial, 1920-1945 --
"In almost any recipe ... pecans may be used" : American consumers embrace the pecan, 1940-1960 --
"China wants our nuts" : the pecan goes global --
Epilogue : The future of pecans.
Responsibility: byJames McWilliams.

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What would Thanksgiving be without pecan pie? New Orleans without pecan pralines? Southern cooks would have to hang up their aprons without America's native nut, whose popularity has spread far  Read more...

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"This excellent and charming story describes a tree that endured numerous hardships to become not only a staple of Southern cuisine but an American treasure." - Ann Wilberton, Pace University Read more...

 
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