How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture

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Overview

American Stomach examines how Americans have produced food, cooked, and filled their stomachs from the colonial era to the present. Due to the complex history of conquest, enslavement, and immigration, the United States has never developed a singular cohesive culinary tradition. U.S. food practices have been shaped by the various groups that have called a certain geographical space home. However, more than fusion and friction between different racial and ethnic groups went into creating American foodways. Wallach demonstrates, for example, that technological innovations and ideas about industrialism and progress have also impacted what and how Americans eat. Moreover, the American diet is the product of more amorphous factors, the outgrowth of both shared and competing values. The history of food in America reveals changing and contradictory ideas about subjects including nationality, race, technological innovation, gender, politics, religion, and patriotism.
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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca Sharpless
A much-needed synthesis of American food from Columbus to the present. Wallach provides a rich overview of the cultural influences that make American cuisine unique as well as the challenges facing the nation's food supply. Lively and engaging, the book will send foodies and historians alike dashing for the kitchen.
Francine Segan
America eats differently and Jennifer Jensen Wallach serves up how, why and what it all means. An intriguing, surprising and delicious read!
Felipe Fernández-Armesto
With the dexterity of a master carver, wielding a razor-sharp edge, Jennifer Wallach fillets and slices the history of American eating elegantly, economically, and comprehensively. Alternately appetizing and dyspeptic, the story makes entertaining and instructive reading. Alternately mild and ferocious, the message is minatory. Food has nourished American virtues, but has also tempted America into indulgence, delusion, and danger.
Rachel A. Ankeny
This nuanced account synthesizes key secondary texts and adds a dash of primary source material to create a compelling and readable account of the evolution of America's quirky (and oftentimes inconsistent) eating habits and attitudes. This book should interest anyone seeking an accessible look into the development of American foodways and the broader historical contexts which shaped them.
CHOICE
This short but effective overview of US food history provides a synthesis of the growing scholarship about eating and culture. Beginning with Columbian-era practices and concluding with a discussion of contemporary health and environmental issues, Wallach (Univ. of North Texas) connects eating practices to multicultural influences and contextualizes food culture as part of larger US trends. Included are explanations of formerly popular dishes and well-crafted descriptions of who prepared food and the methods they used. A review of technological changes that altered consumption includes examples from well-known food historians such as Harvey Levenstein (e.g., Fear of Food, CH, Nov'12, 50-1434). The discussions of ethnic food practices as critical elements that shaped eating habits will help introduce students to more detailed works, such as those by Donna Gabbacia (e.g., We Are What We Eat, 1998) and Andrew Coe (e.g., Chop Suey, CH, May'10, 47-5209). This book is a fine introduction for students curious about food culture and consumption. Summing Up: Recommended.
Digest: A Journal of Foodways & Culture
In this well-written and highly readable account, Jennifer Wallach succeeds in giving a coherent and scholarly history that ties food practices into larger historical trends and social contexts. Her account recognizes the numerous ironies and contradictions inherent in a society that has wavered since its beginnings between idealistic values and beliefs and the pragmatic necessities of survival. Wallach also explores in detail the histories and significance of selected foods and foodways traditions, making the book appealing to anyone interested in food as well as in American culture. ... Wallach contributes to the small body of scholarly literature that looks at the historical sweep of American food culture and teases out the ways in which struggles over national, group, and individual identity were expressed through food. Perhaps more significantly, she also addresses questions that go beyond the fields of food studies and American studies to demonstrate that understanding the social and cultural contexts of food practices is more than simply an enrichment of our knowledge and enjoyment of food. There were both advantages and disadvantages to the progression of our eating habits; individuals made choices according to what was available to them at the time and according to the worldviews and value systems of those times. Understanding those contexts help explain not only what we eat today, but also how and why.
Journal of American Culture
This is an important addition to the ever growing literature on food studies. It is extremely readable, with wonderful illustrations and excellent notes, and the text is loaded with lots of fascinating facts. Did you know that in the early twentieth century cooking classes were often used by ethnic groups as a tool of assimilation into American culture (127)? Or that reenactments of the romanticized version of the 'First Thanksgiving' in the early twentieth century was used to create a sense of national cohesiveness during an era of massive immigration (9)? The reader will find these and much more in this wonderful book!
Times Literary Supplement
There is no question that our food system is fragile and deeply flawed, but few things will frustrate a food scholar as much as the creep into contemporary discussion of 'the way things used to be,' a nostalgic journey to family farms, dinners round the table, consumption in moderation, and 'mom’s apple pie,' made with apples so local and ripe that they fell from the tree and rolled to the kitchen door to be picked up by a sturdy farmwife in an unostentatious but immaculate kitchen. [How America Eats shows] that the food and eating of our past was not as Rockwellian as all that and, where it was, it was only for an elite few. . . . Wallach offers a general people’s history of food in the U.S., sweeping from the Jamestown settlement in 1607 through to present-day food politics. . . . Wallach dispels myths, reminding the reader, with ample evidence, that nostalgic images of Native Americans and European pilgrims happily dining together around an early Thanksgiving table are pure fiction. A pre-Civil War meal of Southern fried chicken and country ham had as its backdrop blood, disease and sweat; and these foods owe their enduring presence in the modern American diet to hegemony, theft and strife in relation to race, class and gender. . . . Wallach shows how what Americans eat today is drawn from this collective history, arguing in particular that 'American cuisine,' and the culture which surrounds it, originated with the Africans, brought over by slave traders, who combined the foods of their homeland with Native American and European traditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442208742
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/21/2012
  • Series: American Ways Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 301,521
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Jensen Wallach is associate professor of history at the University of North Texas. She is the author, most recently, ofRichard Wright: From Black Boy to World Citizen.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The Cuisine of Contact Chapter 2: Food and the Founding Chapter 3: Foodways in an Era of Expansion and Immigration Chapter 4: Technology and Taste Chapter 5: Gender and the American Appetite Chapter 6: The Pious or Patriotic Stomach Chapter 7: Food Habits and Racial Thinking Chapter 8: The Politics of Food A Note on Sources
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