Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Foodby Jon Krampner
The first popular account of one of America's most beloved foods (consumed by more than seventy-five percent of the population), Creamy and Crunchy is a comprehensive and entertaining history of peanut butter's development and integration into the American diet. Richly illustrated and filled with anecdotes and facts culled from unusual and engaging sources,/i>
The first popular account of one of America's most beloved foods (consumed by more than seventy-five percent of the population), Creamy and Crunchy is a comprehensive and entertaining history of peanut butter's development and integration into the American diet. Richly illustrated and filled with anecdotes and facts culled from unusual and engaging sources, the book is a mix of interviews, research, travels in the peanut-growing regions of the South, personal histories and recipes, focusing on the manufacture of the food from the 1890s to the present, while also covering its cultural, nutritional, and even molecular evolution.
Jon Krampner begins with peanut butter's creation and the scramble to capitalize on its early success. He provides in-depth looks at Peter Pan, Skippy, and Jif, and why Peter Pan, one of the first big corporations to manufacture and market the food, is now a distant third behind market leaders Skippy and Jif. He examines the plight of black peanut farmers; the creation of the "Choosy Moms Choose Jif" campaign; the role of peanut butter in fighting Third-World hunger; and the salmonella outbreaks of 2007 and 2009 that threatened to derail peanut butter's sacred place in the American cupboard.
Krampner investigates the resurgence of natural, or old-fashioned, peanut butter; the five ways today's product is different from the original; why Americans love peanut butter so much more than people from most other nations; and the future trajectory of the industry. He also provides tips on peanut butter etiquette (if eating it straight from the jar, use a teaspoon unless your girlfriend has just brutally dumped you, in which case a tablespoon is considered acceptable) and concludes with a "best of" list featuring top, taste-tested peanut butters and a timeline of key figures and events. A dedicated web site maintained by the author, www.creamyandcrunchy.com, contains additional images and information.
...an enjoyable, interesting overview of an important part of American culture...highly recomended.
- Columbia University Press
- Publication date:
- Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History Series
- Product dimensions:
- 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are saying about this
Jon Krampner's Creamy and Crunchy is a delightful book about America's most popular nut butter and sandwich spread. It is action-packed, peopled with medical professionals and corporate giants, captains of industry and hard-hitting advertisers, vegetarians and health-food advocates, and farmers and peanut-butter lovers. It is a well-written, fast-paced, surprising tale about the delicious food we thought we knew. One nibble and you can't stop reading!
Andrew F. Smith, editor in chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
Meet the Author
Jon Krampner is the author of The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television and Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley. He received an A.B. in English literature from Occidental College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He lives in Los Angeles.
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