Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880-1920

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Haley examines the transformation of American public dining at the start of the twentieth century and argues that the birth of the modern American restaurant helped establish the middle class as the arbiter of American culture.

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Overview

Haley examines the transformation of American public dining at the start of the twentieth century and argues that the birth of the modern American restaurant helped establish the middle class as the arbiter of American culture.

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"A splendid and innovative study. . . . Turning the Tables is an intelligent and well-researched account that significantly contributes to our understanding of the history of restaurant culture in the United States. It is a pleasure to read."—Hospitality & Society

"Like a good chocolate cake: rich, complex, and satisfying. . . . Haley stakes out bold, original claims. . . . A fine example of solid social and cultural history. . . [which] will help turn the tables on much established scholarship."—Journal of Social History

"A sumptuous dish for anyone interested in middle-class culture of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, as well as an important contribution to the growing historiography around restaurant and food history."—Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

"Haley's superbly researched study of changes in America's dining habits at the turn into the twentieth century explains much about shifting restaurant tastes in that century, and in ours."—Studies in American Culture

"Turning the Table is essential reading for anyone wanting to know more about the roots of the American passion for dining out."—Journal of American Studies

"Haley makes great use of an astonishing collection of sources, such as menus, trade journals, popular magazines, and cartoons, to produce an engaging history that sheds fresh light on the creation and meaning of the American middle class and that will encourage readers to think more deeply about their decision about where to go for dinner."—The Historian

"Haley's book reinforces the importance of consumption as a vehicle for class formation and does immeasurable service in exploring restaurants as one of the important sites where this occurred."—American Historical Review

"[A] very interesting and useful study of the evolution of public dining in the United States." —Journal of American History

"Scholars of food, culture, and the middle class will find this book useful . . . . It offers diverse sources and avenues for future exploration while establishing the prominence of middle-class dining culture in urban America."—H-SHGAPE

"Turning the Tables is a significant contribution to existing scholarship on class, culture, and consumption."—Journal of Illinois History
"Turning the Tables is an engaging read."—LA Weekly blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469609805
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,251,707
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew P. Haley is assistant professor of American cultural history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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