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

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-273589

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Food habits
Ethnic food industry
Ethnic attitudes
Americans Food.
Cookery, American.
Food industry and trade
Pluralism (Social sciences)
Voedingsgewoonten.
Etnische groepen.
Moeurs et coutumes Alimentation.
Habitudes alimentaires
Attitudes ethniques
Ernährungsgewohnheit
Ethnische Identität
Lebensmittelindustrie
Ethnizität
Social life and customs.

Originator

Gabaccia, Donna R., 1949-

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?

Publication

Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press

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

0674948602
9780674948600
0674001907
9780674001909

Call Number

Coll. GT2853.U5 G33 1998

Places

United States.
États-Unis.
United States
USA