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Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea
A culinary history of the protein-laden legume, this work follows the peanut's rise from a lowly, messy snack food to its place in haute cuisine and on supermarket shelves. It highlights the peanut's role in the ways economic distress, wartime conditions, and health trends reflect and inform our culinary landscape.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 29th 2006 by University of Illinois Press
(first published 2002)
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Another food micro-history that will provide you with several fun bits of trivia if nothing else. Although I recognized many of the major references, I was surprised that Smith didn't visit some of the more well-known culinary archives but relies more on corporate archives for his sources. Notes are extensive and a sampling of historical recipes is also provided to illustrate the range of peanut uses. Of course, not all stories center around their culinary value. Smith also does an excellent job ...more
Andrew Francis Smith teaches food studies at the New School University in Manhattan. He has written more than three hundred articles in academic journals and popular magazines and has authored or edited seventeen books, including The Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America, a James Beard finalist in 2005. He has been frequently appeared on several television series, including the History ...moreMore about Andrew F. Smith...