The Taste of American Place: A Reader on Regional and Ethnic Foods

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Barbara Gimla Shortridge, James R. Shortridge
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1998 - Social Science - 298 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Food and American Culture
1
Regional Foods
19
Pasties in Michigans Upper Peninsula Foodways Interethnic Relations and Regionalism
21
Rocky Mountain Oysters
37
Loco Moco A Folk Dish in the Making
39
The Cincinnati Chili Culinary Complex
45
A Pound of Kenya Please or a Single Short Skinny Mocha
57
The Maine Lobster as Regional Icon Competing Images Over Time and Social Class
65
Playing with Food The Negotiation of Identity in the Ethnic Display Event by Italian Americans in Clinton Indiana
145
New York Jews and Chinese Food The Social Construction of an Ethnic Pattern
163
Eating Out
185
Eating Out in South Carolinas Cities The Last Fifty Years
187
The Geography of Food in Eastern Oklahoma A Small Restaurant Study
201
From Pushcart to Modular Restaurant The Diner on the Landscape
215
Fast Foods American Food Regions
227
You Are Where You Eat
243

Patterns of American Rice Consumption 1955 and 1980
85
FoodPlace Associations on American Product Labels
101
The Compiled Cookbook as Foodways Autobiography
111
Ethnic Foods
119
Introduction On Ethnic Foodways
121
Bierocks
135
Cajuns and Crawfish
139
100 QUICKIESFOODS
251
Maps of Restaurants
257
Bibliography
263
Index
289
About the Contributors
293
About the Editors
297
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Barbara G. Shortridge is assistant professor of geography at the University of Kansas. James R. Shortridge is professor of geography at the University of Kansas.

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