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By Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall

ISBN-10: 155728668X

ISBN-13: 9781557286680

Designed to entice scholars of background and foodies alike, American Appetites, the 1st e-book within the collage of Arkansas Press’s new meals and Foodways sequence, brings jointly compelling firsthand testimony describing the nation’s collective consuming behavior all through time. starting with local American folktales that record foundational nutrition conduct and finishing with modern discussions approximately tips on how to receive enough, healthy, and moral meals, this quantity unearths that the search for foodstuff has constantly been approximately greater than actual nourishment, demonstrating altering attitudes approximately concerns starting from patriotism and gender to know-how and race. Readers will adventure vicariously starvation and satiation, culinary excitement and gustatory misery from views as various as these of enslaved Africans, nineteenth-century socialites, battle-weary infantrymen, impoverished immigrants, and admired politicians. despite their prestige or the peculiarities in their historic second, the americans whose tales are captured the following display that U.S. heritage can't be understood except an exam of what drives and what feeds the yankee appetite.

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In their substance and taste they very much resemble sweet chesnuts. They are cultivated in the following manner; the earth is raised in little hills or high furrows about a foot and a half broad, that by draining the moisture, the roots may have a better relish. The small potatoes being cut in little pieces with an eye in each, four or five of those pieces are planted on the head of the hills. In a short time they push out shoots, and these shoots being cut off about the middle of August within seven or eight inches of the ground, are planted double, cross-ways, in the crown of other hills.

Colonial Culinary Encounters 35 Edward Winslow’s account: Our harvest being gotten in, our Governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some nintie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which we brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.

As for deer or venison I never saw any since I came into this land. There is indeed some fowl, but we are not allowed to go and get it, but must work hard both early and late for a mess of water gruel and a mouthful of bread and beef.  .  . I have not a penny, nor a penny worth, to help me too either spice or sugar or strong waters, without the which one cannot live here.  . But I am not half a quarter so strong as I was in England, and all is for want of victuals; for I do protest unto you that I have eaten more in [one] day at home than I have allowed me here for a week.

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