The World on a Plate: A Tour Through the History of America's Ethnic Cuisine

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Cooking - 196 pages
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The World on a Plate is the story of how immigrant families have changed and influenced our food and created a uniquely American culinary pastiche. Joel Denker, a longtime food and travel writer and a scholar of American folklore, conducted fascinating interviews with a range of ethnic-food merchants in crafting a history of our colorful food makers?the grocers, vendors, manufacturers, importers, restaurateurs?and the products they have given us.

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Joel Denker's The World on a Plate focuses on a little-covered aspect of food history … the role of ethnic groceries, restaurants and food brands in popularizing new foods across the U.S. Early ... Read full review

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Joel Denker has taught American history and other topics at George Washington University, Rutgers University, University of Essex (England), and other colleges and universities. He is the author of Capital Flavors: Exploring Washington?s Ethnic Restaurants and has written about ethnic food for the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Enquirer, and the Washingtonian.

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