Skip to content

Search Collections

We are what we eat :ethnic food and the making of Americans /Donna R. Gabaccia ; [illustrations by Susan Keller].

Collection Type
Books
Originator
Gabaccia, Donna R., 1949-
Publication
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
Contents
Introduction: What do we eat? -- Colonial creoles -- Immigration, isolation, and industry -- Ethnic entrepreneurs -- Crossing the boundaries of taste -- Food fights and American values -- The big business of eating -- Of cookbooks and culinary roots -- Nouvelle creole -- Conclusion: Who are we?
Date
1998.
Description
278 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Ghulam Bombaywala sells bagels in Houston. Demetrios dishes up pizza in Connecticut. The Wangs serve tacos in L.A. How ethnicity has influenced American eating habits - and thus, the make-up and direction of the American cultural mainstream - is the story told in We Are What We Eat. It is a complex tale of ethnic mingling and borrowing, entrepreneurship and connoisseurship, of food as a social and political symbol and weapon - and a thoroughly entertaining history of our culinary tradition of multiculturalism.
We Are What We Eat follows the fortunes of dozens of enterprising immigrant cooks and grocers, street hawkers and restaurateurs who have cultivated and changed the tastes of native-born Americans from the seventeenth century to the present. The book draws a surprisingly peaceful picture of American ethnic relations, in which "Americanized" foods like Spaghetti-Os happily coexist with painstakingly pure ethnic dishes and creative hybrids.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-267) and index.
ISBN
0674001907
0674948602
9780674001909
9780674948600
GUSN
273589
Call Number
Coll. GT2853.U5 G33 1998
Descriptive terms
Americans Food.
Attitudes ethniques
Cookery, American.
Ernährungsgewohnheit
Ethnic attitudes
Ethnic food industry
Ethnische Identität
Ethnizität
Etnische groepen.
Food habits
Food industry and trade
Habitudes alimentaires
Lebensmittelindustrie
Moeurs et coutumes Alimentation.
Pluralism (Social sciences)
Social life and customs.
Voedingsgewoonten.
Places
USA
United States
United States.
États-Unis.

Comments