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Smith (culinary history & professional food writing, New Sch.) edited The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America(OEFDA), which he uses as the main ingredient in his latest culinary reference work; but by adding subjects not found in that book, he creates a useful and entertaining new literary dish. The approximately 1000 A-to-Z entries, each ranging from a paragraph to several pages in length, are written by 200-plus experts. Complemented by 200 mostly black-and-white illustrations, they cover everything from foods (e.g., the cauliflower, the tomato) to companies (e.g., Borden, Nabisco) to biographies of such famous individuals as cookbook authors Fannie Farmer and Eliza Leslie. Most entries contain a bibliography of additional sources, and there are some valuable appendixes dedicated to food-themed festivals, organizations, museums, and web sites. Similar information can be found in other standard culinary reference sources-e.g., the classic Larousse Gastronomiqueand The Oxford Companion to Food(2006. 2d ed.)-but Smith's work creates its own valuable niche not only by combining all these subjects and more into one book but also by focusing on the ways in which they are specifically connected to American food culture and history.