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Culinary Ephemera ( California Studies in Food and Culture #30)

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This extraordinary collection, a trove of enchanting designs, appealing colors, and forgotten motifs that stir the imagination, features an unprecedented assortment of ephemera, or paper collectibles, related to food. It includes images of postcards, match covers, menus, labels, posters, brochures, valentines, packaging, advertisements, and other materials from nineteenth-...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by University of California Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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Wonderfully illustrated but I had hoped for a bit more. Rather than discuss the types of ephemera as a whole and how they were used (when, where, why) the book essentially discusses each illustration in turn (and, as other reviewers mentioned, the text and the illustrations don't line up).

I'm not sure why it's in the California Studies in Food and Culture list, especially given the author's experience and leanings toward Philadelphia and the region. There is little mention of California and the...more
Kevin Sedota
I found this book somewhat disappointing. It is a huge topic but it didn't seem to cover single topice in enough detail to leave me satisfied.
Also the author's writing style left me uneasy. It does not seem to flow well. I found it difficult to keep my train of thought going. Also annoying is the fact that the pictures (critical in this work) seldom line up with the text. You will be reading about an item but you will have to turn the page to see a picture of that item.
I am fascinated by this subject and even involved in it, and I've even taught at his university...but Dr Weaver's writing needed basic editing, and he comes across as an unpleasant misanthrope. I'm not even excited about his collection on which the book is based. Perhaps someone else will love his work, though; it comes from a highly respected source.
Weaver includes a nice sampling of ephemera from mostly the 19th and 20th centuries, offering tips to collectors and examples of deeper analysis for academics. The images are all great.
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