Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies

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Overview

Collecting new essays by leading scholars in the field of food studies like Sidney Mintz, Donna Gabaccia, and Amy Bentley, Food Nations argues that we are what we eat by connecting food to culture, commerce. and national identity. At a time when Americans are food conscious like never before, this volume abstains from culinary nostalgia to offer a rigorous and lively history of food.
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Hasia R. Diner
Food Nations joins a growing body of scholarship that proves emphatically that food matters. . . .Food Nations should take a respected place in a sophisticated and complex literature about food, identity, society, and power.
Betty Fussell
If anyone can doubt that food is as serious a subject as politics or business, let him read any one of these essays and stand amazed.
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Meet the Author

Warren Belasco is Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland and one of the leading scholars in food studies. He is the author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry.

Philip Scranton is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and research director at the Hagley Museum and Library. He is the author or editor of six books, including Endless Novelty: Specialty Production and American Industrialization.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Food Matters: Perspectives on an Emerging Field 2
2 Food and Eating: Some Persisting Questions 24
3 Rituals of Pleasure in the Land of Treasures: Wine Consumption and the Making of French Identity in the Late Nineteenth Century 34
4 "Eddie Shack Was No Time Horton": Donuts and the Folklore and Mass Culture in Canada 48
5 Food and Nationalism: The Origins of "Belizean Food" 67
6 Inventing Baby Food: Gerber and the Discourse of Infancy in the United States 92
7 How the French Learned to Eat Canned Food, 1809-1930s 113
8 Searching for Gold in Guacamole: California Growers Market the Avocado, 1910-1994 131
9 Untangling Alliances: Social Tensions surrounding Independent Grocery Stores and the Rise of Mass Retailing 156
10 As American as Budweiser and Pickles? Nation-Building in American Food Industries 175
11 Comida sin par. Consumption of Mexican Food in Los Angeles: "Foodscapes" in a Transnational Consumer Society 194
12 Industrial Tortillas and Folkloric Pepsi: The Nutritional Consequences of Hybrid Cuisines in Mexico 222
13 Berlin in the Belle Epoque: A Fast-Food History 240
14 Food and the Politics of Scarcity in Urban Soviet Russia, 1917-1941 258
Notes on the Contributors 277
Index 280
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