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Food in the United States, 1820s-1890

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The period from the 1820s to 1890 was one of invention, new trends, and growth in the American food culture. Inventions included the potato chip and Coca-Cola. Patents were taken out for the tin can, canning jars, and condensed milk. Vegetarianism was promulgated. Factories and mills such as Pillsbury came into being, as did Quaker Oats and other icons of American food. Th ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Greenwood Press
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Jul 22, 2011 gina rated it it was ok
This book is really more of a text book, with lengthy end notes and direct quotes from diaries and historical cookbooks from the time period. It was interesting, but a looooong looooong read. I would *not* suggest getting this from your library. You'll owe fees or give up well before it's due. But if you are truly interested in the history of food in this country you will learn something from this book. However, for the less academic reader you might be better suited to reading (or rather listen ...more
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Nov 02, 2014 Stephanie Carroll rated it it was amazing
Was checking this book out to see if it would be good to purchase for reference purposes as I write my historical fiction. It has some really good details not just about recipes but example menus from the time period. It also has information about cutlery and other important things to do with eating in America in the nineteenth century. A really valuable resource in my opinion.
Interesting from a survey/lists perspective. I would have liked more detail and context in a lot of places -- we get individual recipes here and there and huge long lists, but what about a few pages of reproductions of restaurant menus or stats on sales and production of various products or advertisements? Also: there's no end chapter that summarizes and wraps things up.
This is a great history book. I'm enjoying it so far. I learned so much about inventions/food/trends from this book. Very interesting.
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