How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture

How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture

by Jennifer Jensen Wallach
ISBN-10:
1442208740
ISBN-13:
9781442208742
Pub. Date:
11/21/2012
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture

American Stomach examines how Americans have produced food, cooked, and filled their stomachs from the colonial era to the present. Due to the complex history of conquest, enslavement, and immigration, the United States has never developed a singular cohesive culinary tradition. U.S. food practices have been shaped by the various groups that have called a certain geographical space home. However, more than fusion and friction between different racial and ethnic groups went into creating American foodways. Wallach demonstrates, for example, that technological innovations and ideas about industrialism and progress have also impacted what and how Americans eat. Moreover, the American diet is the product of more amorphous factors, the outgrowth of both shared and competing values. The history of food in America reveals changing and contradictory ideas about subjects including nationality, race, technological innovation, gender, politics, religion, and patriotism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442208742
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Series: American Ways Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The Cuisine of Contact Chapter 2: Food and the Founding Chapter 3: Foodways in an Era of Expansion and Immigration Chapter 4: Technology and Taste Chapter 5: Gender and the American Appetite Chapter 6: The Pious or Patriotic Stomach Chapter 7: Food Habits and Racial Thinking Chapter 8: The Politics of Food A Note on Sources

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