The American Plate

The American Plate

A Culinary History in 100 Bites

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a history of American food in one hundred culinary staples, from Native American maize traditions to the contemporary cuisines of sushi and salsa.

& Taylor

An Emmy Award-winning historian and documentary producer for the History Channel and A&E Networks presents a history of American food that introduces lost traditions and traces the origins of 100 culinary staples. 30,000 first printing.

Sourcebooks Inc.

"Like many miniencyclopedias, this one is studded with often intriguing facts."—Kirkus

From the chief historian at HISTORY® comes a rich chronicle of the evolution of American cuisine and culture, from before Columbus's arrival to today.

Did you know that the first graham crackers were designed to reduce sexual desire? Or that Americans have tried fad diets for almost two hundred years? Why do we say things like "buck" for a dollar and "living high on the hog"? How have economics, technology, and social movements changed our tastes? Uncover these and other fascinating aspects of American food traditions in The American Plate.

Dr. Libby H. O'Connell takes readers on a mouth-watering journey through America's culinary evolution into the vibrant array of foods we savor today. In 100 tantalizing bites, ranging from blueberries and bagels to peanut butter, hard cider, and Cracker Jack, O'Connell reveals the astonishing ways that cultures and individuals have shaped our national diet and continue to influence how we cook and eat.

Peppered throughout with recipes, photos, and tidbits on dozens of foods, from the surprising origins of Hershey Bars to the strange delicacies our ancestors enjoyed, such as roast turtle and grilled beaver tail. Inspiring and intensely satisfying, The American Plate shows how we can use the tastes of our shared past to transform our future.

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2014]
ISBN: 9781492603023
Characteristics: xix, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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SFPL_danielay Aug 30, 2016

Who knew that Benjamin Franklin introduced tofu to America or that the hot dog bun was a replacement for white gloves originally issued to buyers? Food lovers and history buffs will enjoy this fun mix of historical tidbits and recipes and some of the stories in there could come in handy to liven up post-dinner conversations.


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