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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 ...
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.
|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|
|The Great Tomato Mania||132|
|From the Civil War to the Space Age||149|
|Salad, Soup, Gazpacho, and Gumbo||163|
|Sauces, Ketchups, and Other Condiments||175|
|Preserving and Canning Tomatoes||181|
|Desserts and Sweets||186|
|Bibliography and Other Sources||193|
|General Reference Works||195|
|Reprinted Cookery Books and Manuscripts||197|
|Works on Tomato History||199|
|Tomato Cookbooks and Pamphlers||200|
|Heirloom Seed Sources, Tomato Organizations, and Other Resources||202|
|Index of Names||207|