The Taste of American Place: A Reader on Regional and Ethnic Foods

The Taste of American Place: A Reader on Regional and Ethnic Foods

by Barbara G. Shortridge
     
 

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Tracing the intertwined roles of food, ethnicity, and regionalism in the construction of American identity, this textbook examines the central role food plays in our lives. Drawing on a range of disciplines—including sociology, anthropology, folklore, geography, history, and nutrition—the editors have selected a group of engaging essays to help students… See more details below

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Tracing the intertwined roles of food, ethnicity, and regionalism in the construction of American identity, this textbook examines the central role food plays in our lives. Drawing on a range of disciplines—including sociology, anthropology, folklore, geography, history, and nutrition—the editors have selected a group of engaging essays to help students explore the idea of food as a window into American culture.

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Booknews
Comprises 19 contributions on regional, ethnic, social, and economic aspects of food and dining in America. Paper topics include such folk and regional dishes as Rocky Mountain Oysters, Seattle espresso, Maine Lobster, and Loco Moco. Also discussed are ethnic foodways, New York Jews and Chinese food, eating out in South Carolina's cities, the geography of food in Eastern Oklahoma, and the diner in the American landscape. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Kansas Alumni Magazine
The Taste of American Place stews over these questions and simmers with provocative arguments, delightful information, accessible prose and an inherent sense of fun and adventure rarely found in academic works. More important, the Shortridges' book will dramatically change the way you think and talk about food.
— Mark Luce
Western Folklore
The Taste of American Place facilitates the development of our understanding that although we must eat, we eat particular foods in certain ways for complex cultural reasons.
— R. Mark Livengood, Leelanau Historical Museum, Michigan
The Geographical Review
The editors should be applauded for their contribution to the cultural geographer's bookshelf.
Amy Bentley
This rich compilation of articles—expertly framed by the editors' insightful introduction and valuable bibliography—examines the culture, ethnicity, socioeconomics, geography, and demography of American food in all its distinct yet delightfully untidy forms. The Taste of American Place will be of interest not only to food scholars and students, but to the general reader who loves to eat and loves to explore the abundant array of foods we call American.
Warren Belasco
A marvelous collection of seminal articles on American foodways. This anthology will delight and enlighten food scholars and general readers alike.
Kansas Alumni Magazine - Mark Luce
The Taste of American Place stews over these questions and simmers with provocative arguments, delightful information, accessible prose and an inherent sense of fun and adventure rarely found in academic works. More important, the Shortridges' book will dramatically change the way you think and talk about food.
April/May 1998 The Cookbook Collectors Exchange
This book is a marvelous read for students of geography and food analysis.
Western Folklore - R. Mark Livengood
The Taste of American Place facilitates the development of our understanding that although we must eat, we eat particular foods in certain ways for complex cultural reasons.
Wilbur Zelinsky
At last! This volume truly does fill a serious gap. The Shortridges have a uniquely broad command of the literature, and their choices are admirable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461645788
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
398
File size:
12 MB
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