ISBN-10:
1469607700
ISBN-13:
9781469607702
Pub. Date:
08/01/2013
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Helen Zoe Veit

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ISBN-13: 9781469607702
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Helen Zoe Veit is associate professor of history at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Victory over Ourselves: American Food in the Era of the Great War 1

1 National Willpower: American Asceticism and Self-Government 11

2 Eating Cats and Dogs to Feed the World: The Progressive Quest for Rationed Food 37

3 Food Will Win the World: Food Aid and American Power 58

4 A School for Wives: Home Economics and the Modern Housewife 77

5 A Corn-Fed Nation: Race, Diet, and the Eugenics of Nutrition 101

6 Americanizing the American Diet: Immigrant Cuisines and Not-So-Foreign Foods 123

7 The Triumph of the Will: The Progressive Body and the Thin Ideal 157

Epilogue: Moral Food and Modern Food 181

Notes 189

Bibliography 269

Index 295

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A gripping read, full of fascinating information on conceptualizing, cooking, and eating food. Veit shows how the U.S. government tried to manage food consumption during World War I by instilling a self-disciplined approach to food as a wartime necessity and democratic virtue. In the process, she reveals surprising connections between domestic developments and foreign affairs. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the making of modern American dietary practice.—Kristen Hoganson, author of Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920

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