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Taste of American Place : A Reader on Regional and Ethnic Foods - James R. Shortridge

Taste of American Place

A Reader on Regional and Ethnic Foods


Published: 1st September 1999
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Tracing the intertwined roles of food, ethnicity, and regionalism in the construction of American identity, this textbook examines the central role food plays in our lives. Drawing on a range of disciplines_including sociology, anthropology, folklore, geography, history, and nutrition_the editors have selected a group of engaging essays to help students explore the idea of food as a window into American culture. The editors' general introductory essay offers an overview of current scholarship, and part introductions contextualize the readings within each section. This lively reader will be a valuable supplement for courses on American culture across the social sciences.

The Taste of American Place stews over these questions and simmers with provocative arguments, delightful information, accessible prose and an inherent sense of fun and adventure rarely found in academic works. More important, the Shortridges' book will dramatically change the way you think and talk about food.--Mark Luce "Kansas Alumni Magazine "

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Food and American Culturep. 1
Pasties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Foodways, Interethnic Relations, and Regionalismp. 21
Rocky Mountain Oystersp. 37
Loco Moco: A Folk Dish in the Makingp. 39
The Cincinnati Chili Culinary Complexp. 45
A Pound of Kenya, Please or a Single Short Skinny Mochap. 57
The Maine Lobster as Regional Icon: Competing Images over Time and Social Classp. 65
Patterns of American Rice Consumption 1955 and 1980p. 85
Food-Place Associations on American Product Labelsp. 101
The Compiled Cookbook as Foodways Autobiographyp. 111
Introduction: On Ethnic Foodwaysp. 121
Bierocks and Back for More Bierocksp. 135
Cajuns and Crawfishp. 139
Playing with Food: The Negotiation of Identity in the Ethnic Display Event by Italian Americans in Clinton, Indianap. 145
New York Jews and Chinese Food: The Social Construction of an Ethnic Patternp. 163
Eating Out in South Carolina's Cities: The Last Fifty Yearsp. 187
The Geography of Food in Eastern Oklahoma: A Small Restaurant Studyp. 201
From Pushcart to Modular Restaurant: The Diner on the Landscapep. 215
Fast Foods: American Food Regionsp. 227
You Are Where You Eatp. 243
100 Quickies - Foodsp. 251
100 Quickies - Restaurantsp. 254
Maps of Restaurantsp. 257
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 289
About the Contributorsp. 293
About the Editorsp. 297
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ISBN: 9780847685073
ISBN-10: 0847685071
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.45 x 14.66  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.41