Gastropolis: food and New York City

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Columbia University Press, 2009 - Cooking - 343 pages
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Whether you're digging into a slice of cherry cheesecake, burning your tongue on a piece of fiery Jamaican jerk chicken, or slurping the broth from a juicy soup dumpling, eating in New York City is a culinary adventure unlike any other in the world.An irresistible sampling of the city's rich food heritage, Gastropolisexplores the personal and historical relationship between New Yorkers and food. Beginning with the origins of cuisine combinations, such as Mt. Olympus bagels and Puerto Rican lasagna, the book describes the nature of food and drink before the arrival of Europeans in 1624 and offers a history of early farming practices. Essays trace the function of place and memory in Asian cuisine, the rise of Jewish food icons, the evolution of food enterprises in Harlem, the relationship between restaurant dining and identity, and the role of peddlers and markets in guiding the ingredients of our meals. They share spice-scented recollections of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, and colorful vignettes of the avant-garde chefs, entrepreneurs, and patrons who continue to influence the way New Yorkers eat.Touching on everything from religion, nutrition, and agriculture to economics, politics, and psychology, Gastropolistells a story of immigration, amalgamation, and assimilation. This rich interplay between tradition and change, individual and society, and identity and community could happen only in New York.

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Contents

Places
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The Food and Drink of New York from 1624 to 1898
34
Digging for Food in Early New York City
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Annie S. Hauck-Lawson is associate professor of foods and nutrition at Brooklyn College. Her scholarship is grounded in the food voice, a term she originated. As a research tool, the food voice looks at foodways as channels of communication that describe aspects of individual and group identity. She curated the foodways component of the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's New York City program and is a native Park Sloper whose life has revolved around food in New York. These days, with her family, she continues to live, work, study, and grow food in Brooklyn.Jonathan Deutsch a classically trained chef, is assistant professor and director of the Culinary Management Center in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. He earned his doctorate in food studies and food management from New York University and is a graduate of Drexel University and the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author, with Rachel Saks, of Jewish American Food Culture.

Annie S. Hauck-Lawson is associate professor of foods and nutrition at Brooklyn College. Her scholarship is grounded in the food voice, a term she originated. As a research tool, the food voice looks at foodways as channels of communication that describe aspects of individual and group identity. She curated the foodways component of the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's New York City program and is a native Park Sloper whose life has revolved around food in New York. These days, with her family, she continues to live, work, study, and grow food in Brooklyn.Jonathan Deutsch a classically trained chef, is assistant professor and director of the Culinary Management Center in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. He earned his doctorate in food studies and food management from New York University and is a graduate of Drexel University and the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author, with Rachel Saks, of Jewish American Food Culture.