Hamburger [NOOK Book]


Hamburger traces the story of the hamburger's rise from an obscure American street food to the iconic fast-food phenomenon of the twentieth century.
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Hamburger traces the story of the hamburger's rise from an obscure American street food to the iconic fast-food phenomenon of the twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews


“A timely retort to gourmandism run amok, the first three titles in this chapbook series aim . . . to illuminate and elevate taken-for-granted staples via concise, discrete histories. As such, Hamburger is equal parts myth debunker and modernization theorizer.—Atlantic


"No other American food, not even the hot dog, dares lay equal claim to the hamburger's iconic status. Food historian and sociologist Smith traces the origins of the hamburger to its murky nineteenth-century birth, refusing to credit any of the competing claims to the ground-beef sandwich's beginning, nothing the absence of any primary documentation."--Booklist

Chicago Tribune

“These are food memoirs, salacious and exotic, colorful, powdered, sweet, greasy and globe-trotting.”—Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

— Christopher Borrelli

"Smith knows his hamburger history . . . and his synopses of the rise of the great burger chains, and their global impact, provide an interesting point of view on the effects of globalization in the modern world."


"The remarkable feature of Hamburger is that it evinces genuine wonder at the innovation behind fast-food chains. It can be easy to deplore the rise of fast food or take it as a foregone conclusion, but Smith makes a point of celebrating ingenuity and letting the reader enjoy it, as well."--Gastronomica

— Margot Kaminski

The Chronicle Review

"In slim formats--a lot more than a soupcon, far less than a magnum--each Edible title will spotlight a food or drink in global context. The primary intent, says the series editor, Andrew F. Smith, is to reach the 'thinking public' with matieral drawn and translated from scholarly work. . . . Smith says he looks at food writing 'as a tool to talk about other things.' For his own Edible book, Hamburger: A Global History, a central 'other thing' is globalization, even as he starts very locally."--Nina C. Ayoub, The Chronicle Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861896315
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Edible
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,194,584
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew F. Smith is a hamburger aficionado who teaches culinary history at the New School in New York.  He is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food and edited The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Humble Hamburger Beginnings 11

2 The Hamburger Chain 25

3 The McDonald's Machine 42

4 McDonald Clones 64

5 The Hamburger Experience 76

6 The Global Burger 87

7 Hamburgers Today and Tomorrow 111

Recipes 125

Select Bibliography 138

Websites and Associations 140

Photo Acknowledgements 144

Index 145

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