Tomato in America: Early History, Culture, and Cookery

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From the Americas to Australasia, from northern Europe to southern Africa, the tomato tickles the world's taste buds. Americans alone devour more than twelve million tons annually of this peculiar fruit, which has variously been considered poisonous, cutative, and aphrodisiacal.

In this first concerted study of the tomato in America, Andrew F. Smith separates myth from historical fact, beginning with the Salem, New Jersey, man who, in 1820, allegedly attracted spectators from ...

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Overview

From the Americas to Australasia, from northern Europe to southern Africa, the tomato tickles the world's taste buds. Americans alone devour more than twelve million tons annually of this peculiar fruit, which has variously been considered poisonous, cutative, and aphrodisiacal.

In this first concerted study of the tomato in America, Andrew F. Smith separates myth from historical fact, beginning with the Salem, New Jersey, man who, in 1820, allegedly attracted spectators from hundreds of miles to watch him eat a tomato on the courthouse steps (the legend says they expected to see him die a painful death). Later, hucksters such as Dr. John Cook Bennett and the Amazing Archibald Miles peddled the tomato's purported medicinal benefits. The competition was so fierce that the Tomato Pill War broke out in 1838.

The Tomato in America traces the early cultivation of the tomato, its infiltration of American cooking practices, the early manufacture of preserved tomatoes and ketchup (soon hailed as "the national condiment of the United States"), and the "great tomato mania" of the 1820s and 1830s. The book also includes tomato recipes from the pre-Civil War period, covering everything from sauces, soups, and main dishes to desserts and sweets.

Now available for the first time in paperback, The Tomato in America provides a piquant and entertaining look at a versatile and storied figure in culinary history.

"Serious scholarly study traces biological origins of the tomato and evolution of human attitude toward its use from preconquest western South America, the Central America isthmus, and Mexico to 16th-century Europe. Then follows path of the tomato back across the Atlantic to 19th-century US. Also identifies another possible route for the tomato from the Caribbean to southeastern US. Drawn from scientific, medical, and historical works as well as traditional cookbooks"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Did you think that tomatoes were not in this country before the 1880s? And did you think that this was because they were considered to be poisonous or aphrodisiacal? Since 1987, writer and lecturer Smith has been researching references to tomatoes. After examining 50,000 sources, which he says does not by any means exhaust the material, Smith traces the history of this most popular fruit/vegetable-one that is now grown by more home gardeners in this country than any other food. The evidence he presents, drawn from newspapers, letters, diaries, and cookbooks, refutes the popular myths and supports his thesis that the tomato was cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses from early Colonial times and was introduced to the American colonies on numerous separate occasions. Smith also includes a selection of recipes from early cookbooks and magazines. Chapters are supported by extensive references. The book concludes with a classified bibliography and a list of heirloom seed sources and tomato organizations. While lacking the narrative appeal and readability of other books about individual plants, this is a thorough and useful reference, making available masses of material not otherwise available. Index not seen.-Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252070099
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Historical Tomato 1
Introducing the Introduction Story 3
The Roots of the American Tomato 11
The Arrival of the Tomato in America 25
Early Tomato Culture and Cultivation 52
Early American Tomato Cookery 72
Tomato Medicine 102
The Great Tomato Mania 132
From the Civil War to the Space Age 149
Historical Recipes 161
Salad, Soup, Gazpacho, and Gumbo 163
Main Courses 167
Sauces, Ketchups, and Other Condiments 175
Preserving and Canning Tomatoes 181
Desserts and Sweets 186
Miscellaneous Recipes 189
Bibliography and Other Sources 193
General Reference Works 195
Culinary History 196
Reprinted Cookery Books and Manuscripts 197
Works on Tomato History 199
Tomato Cookbooks and Pamphlers 200
Tomato Culture 201
Heirloom Seed Sources, Tomato Organizations, and Other Resources 202
Index of Names 207
General Index 213
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