The American Plate

The American Plate

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qLike many miniencyclopedias, this one is studded with often intriguing facts.qa€”Kirkus From the chief historian at HISTORYAr 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 qbuckq for a dollar and qliving high on the hogq? 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.Throughout the colonial period, Americans consumed the super foods of beef, pork, and wild game. ... to the rise of fast food. ... no parameters for what it should (or shouldna#39;t) do for our health and how it can be used (or not) on food labels; and no ... 3 Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the European Union has banned the use of the word a€œsuper fooda€ on product labels ... An essay in the British newspaper the Guardian quotes Catherine Collins, the chief dietitian at St. Georgea#39;s Hospital, anbsp;...


Title:The American Plate
Author: Libby O Connell
Publisher:Sourcebooks, Inc. - 2014-11-11
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