The American Plate

The American Plate

A Culinary History in 100 Bites

eBook - 2014
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From the chief historian at HISTORY? comes a rich chronicle of the evolution of American cuisine and culture, from before Columbus's arrival to today. 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781492603030
1492603031
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SFPL_danielay Aug 30, 2016

Who knew that Benjamin Franklin introduced tofu to America or that the hot dog bun was a replacement for white gloves originally issued to buyers? Food lovers and history buffs will enjoy this fun mix of historical tidbits and recipes and some of the stories in there could come in handy to liven up post-dinner conversations.

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