Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America

Front Cover
University of California Press, May 30, 2003 - Cooking - 353 pages
2 Reviews
In this sweeping history of food and eating in modern America, Harvey Levenstein explores the social, economic, and political factors that have shaped the American diet since 1930.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

THE PARADOX OF PLENTY: A Social History of Eating in Modern America

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Levenstein's Revolution at the Table (1988), which surveyed the changes in American food habits between 1880 and 1930, is widely deemed a major contribution to our culinary history. Here, he brings ... Read full review

Paradox of plenty: a social history of eating in modern America

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

In his lively, entertaining study of America's eating habits from 1930 to the present, Levenstein (history, McMaster Univ.) explores the disturbing existence of hunger in the midst of agricultural ... Read full review

Contents

Depression Paradoxes 3
x
Depression Dieting and the Vitamin Gold Rush
9
The New Woman Goes Home
24
Elating Out in Depression America
40
Onethird of a Nation 111 Nourished?
53
Nutrition for National Defense
64
Food Shortages for the People of Plenty
80
Miracle Whip iiber Alles
101
Nutritional Terrorism
160
The Politics of Food
178
Natural Foods and Negative Nutrition
195
Darling Where Did You Put the Cardamom?
213
Fast Foods and Quick Bucks
227
Paradoxes of Plenty
237
Epilogue
256
Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Periodicals
269

The Bestfed People the World Has Ever Seen?
119
19581965
131
The Politics of Hunger
144
Notes
271
Index
339
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2003)

Harvey Levenstein is Professor Emeritus of History at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Among his books are Revolution at the Table: The Transformation of the American Diet (California, 2003), Seductive Journey: American Tourists in France from the Jefferson to the Jazz Age (1998), and Communism, Anticommunism and the CIO (1981).

Bibliographic information