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

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

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by Andrew P. Haley
 

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In the nineteenth century, restaurants served French food to upper-class Americans with aristocratic pretensions, but by the turn of the century, even the best restaurants cooked ethnic and American foods for middle-class urbanites. In Turning the Tables, Andrew P. Haley examines how the transformation of public dining that established the middle class as

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In the nineteenth century, restaurants served French food to upper-class Americans with aristocratic pretensions, but by the turn of the century, even the best restaurants cooked ethnic and American foods for middle-class urbanites. In Turning the Tables, Andrew P. Haley examines how the transformation of public dining that established the middle class as the arbiter of American culture was forged through battles over French-language menus, scientific eating, cosmopolitan cuisines, unescorted women, un-American tips, and servantless restaurants.

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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

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ISBN-13:
9780807834749
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/30/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Haley's book is a lively, engagingly written, and well-researched examination of the origins of dining and the restaurant as we know it. It's a true pleasure to read.—Warren Belasco, author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry

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

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