World on a Plate: A Tour through the History of America's Ethnic Cuisine / Edition 1

World on a Plate: A Tour through the History of America's Ethnic Cuisine / Edition 1

by Joel Denker
ISBN-10:
0803260148
ISBN-13:
2900803260145
Pub. Date:
10/01/2007
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
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World on a Plate: A Tour through the History of America's Ethnic Cuisine / Edition 1

During the Depression, the Colombosians, an Armenian family, began bottling and selling the yogurt they made on their small Massachusetts dairy farm. They labeled their bottles "Colombo" because nobody could pronounce their name. The Colombo story, the journey of ethnic food from exotic product to everyday item, exemplifies a common pattern. The World on a Plate tells the story of the Colombosians and other immigrant families who have changed and influenced our food and created a uniquely American culinary pastiche. Joel Denker, a longtime food and travel writer and scholar of American folklore, conducted fascinating interviews with a range of ethnic-food merchants, crafting a history of our colorful food makers -- the grocers, vendors, manufacturers, importers, restaurateurs -- and the products they have given us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900803260145
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: At Table Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Invitation to a Journey1
1That's Amore: Italian Food in America5
2From the Fertile Crescent: Yogurt Peddlers and Falafel Kings27
3"Cheezborga, Cheezborga, Cheezborga, No Coke, Pepsi": The Greek Restaurant Odyssey45
4The "Heartburn of Nostalgia": Jewish Food in America65
5From Chow Mein to Singapore Noodle: Inventing Chinese Food89
6Currying Favor: Indian and Pakistani Food115
7Papaya and Plantain: Latin Cooking in America135
Sources163
Index187

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