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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674011112

ISBN-13: 9780674011113

Pub. Date: 03/15/2003

Publisher: Harvard

Millions of immigrants were drawn to American shores, not by the mythic streets paved with gold, but rather by its tables heaped with food. How they experienced the realities of America's abundant food--its meat and white bread, its butter and cheese, fruits and vegetables, coffee and beer--reflected their earlier deprivations and shaped their ethnic practices in

Overview

Millions of immigrants were drawn to American shores, not by the mythic streets paved with gold, but rather by its tables heaped with food. How they experienced the realities of America's abundant food--its meat and white bread, its butter and cheese, fruits and vegetables, coffee and beer--reflected their earlier deprivations and shaped their ethnic practices in the new land.

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.

These tales, of immigrants in their old worlds and in the new, demonstrate the role of hunger in driving migration and the significance of food in cementing ethnic identity and community. Hasia Diner confirms the well-worn adage, "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011113
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,265,119
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (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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