Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration

Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration

by Hasia R. Diner
     
 

Hungering for America tells the stories of three distinctive groups and their unique culinary dramas. Italian immigrants transformed the food of their upper classes and of sacred days into a generic "Italian" food that inspired community pride and cohesion. Irish immigrants, in contrast, loath to mimic the foodways of the Protestant British elite, diminishedSee more details below

Overview

Hungering for America tells the stories of three distinctive groups and their unique culinary dramas. Italian immigrants transformed the food of their upper classes and of sacred days into a generic "Italian" food that inspired community pride and cohesion. Irish immigrants, in contrast, loath to mimic the foodways of the Protestant British elite, diminished food as a marker of ethnicity. And, East European Jews, who venerated food as the vital center around which family and religious practice gathered, found that dietary restrictions jarred with America's boundless choices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011113
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,212,736
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Ways of Eating, Ways of Starving

2. Black Bread, Hard Bread: Food, Class, and Hunger in Italy

3. "The Bread Is Soft": Italian Foodways, American Abundance

4. "Outcast from Life's Feast": Food and Hunger in Ireland

5. The Sounds of Silence: Irish Food in America

6. A Set Table: Jewish Food and Class in Eastern Europe

7. Food Fights: Immigrant Jews and the Lure of America

8. Where There Is Bread, There Is My Country

Notes

Index

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