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The American Plate

ISBN: 9781492603023

Published: 11/11/2014

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Description

"Like many miniencyclopedias, this one is studded with often intriguing facts."—Kirkus

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.

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Introduction

Imagine, for a minute, traveling to a foreign country and exploring that nation’s culture. How might you hope to really understand the people—their traditions, th

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“O'Connell, chief historian for the History Channel and A&E Networks, has written a book rich in culinary history, sociology, and American culture...This title is not only educational bu...

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Specs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 352 pages

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