Souper Tomatoes: The Story of America's Favorite Food

Souper Tomatoes: The Story of America's Favorite Food

by Andrew Smith
     
 

On cold winter afternoon, countless American children have been warmed by hot lunches of comforting tomato soup. In Souper Tomatoes, culinary historian Andrew F. Smith tells the definitive story behind this familiar food. This saga, he writes, "is a juicy tale filled with unexpected twists and turns. It is action packed, peopled with seedsmen and farmers, grocers and…  See more details below

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On cold winter afternoon, countless American children have been warmed by hot lunches of comforting tomato soup. In Souper Tomatoes, culinary historian Andrew F. Smith tells the definitive story behind this familiar food. This saga, he writes, "is a juicy tale filled with unexpected twists and turns. It is action packed, peopled with seedsmen and farmers, grocers and scientists, commercial artists and hard hitting advertisers, and just plain old everyday consumers-all of whom have contributed to the transformation of tomato soup into one of America's favorite dishes.

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Library Journal
Was Robert Gibbon Johnson the first person in America to eat a tomato? That's the question that originally started culinary historian Smith (The New School) on his research journey into the meaning and history of the tomato. Following up on his Pure Ketchup and The Tomato in America, his latest work uses tomato soup as a lens through which to consider the histories of not only tomatoes but also soup and canning. The result is a very interesting, readable set of essays (which are, however, only loosely connected) on topics ranging from the development of various strains of tomato plants to the contributions of Andy Warhol to the art world. Smith includes numerous notes and sources for each chapter, as well as a representative sample of historical recipes. For libraries with a particular interest in food or agriculture.--Mary Martin, New Hampshire State Lib., Manchester Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527529
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.97(d)

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Joseph M. Carlin
From Joseph M. Carlin, Food Heritage Press

Andrew Smith has squeezed out of New Jersey every last drop of tomato lore and history to fashion a readable tale that is as refreshing to read as a cold Bloody Mary on a hot summer day. This book will forever establish New Jersey, not as the Garden State but at the Tomato State.

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