Feast or Famine: Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion

Feast or Famine: Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion

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by Reginald Horsman
     
 

This first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning of the West describes the sustenance of successive generations of western pioneers. Drawing on settlers’ and travelers’ journals, Horsman records food preparation techniques as well as components of their diets. Not only were buffalo, deer, and wild turkey plentiful, pioneers also

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This first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning of the West describes the sustenance of successive generations of western pioneers. Drawing on settlers’ and travelers’ journals, Horsman records food preparation techniques as well as components of their diets. Not only were buffalo, deer, and wild turkey plentiful, pioneers also gathered greens such as purslane, dandelion, and pigweed—as well as wild fruits, berries, and nuts. Horsman also reveals the willingness of Indians to convey their knowledge of food. He covers regional frontiers, as well as the cuisines of groups such as fur traders, soldiers, miners, and Mormons, and discusses food shortages that resulted from poor preparation, temporary scarcity of game, marginal soil, or simply bad luck.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826217899
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
06/25/2008
Edition description:
25 illustrations, index
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Forest and Prairie

1 Food in the Forest 9

2 Land of Pork and Corn 32

Pt. 2 Explorers and Trappers

3 Game on Every Side 55

4 Meat and More Meat 81

Pt. 3 Overland Trails

5 Tortillas and Frijoles 107

6 On the Oregon Trail 127

7 Water before Every Door 147

Pt. 4 Gold Rush and the Mines

8 By Land and Sea 171

9 Food at the Mines 195

Pt. 5 Army Life

10 Rank and File 225

11 Officers' Wives 242

Pt. 6 The Travelers

12 Food on the Run 273

Pt. 7 Conquering the Plains

13 Ranch and Chuck Wagon 299

14 Long Horizons 319

Conclusion 341

Index 345

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