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Hippie Food

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An enlightening narrative history--an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan--that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century--to the 1960s and 1970s--to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon's America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

From the mystical rock-and-roll cult known as the Source Family and its legendary vegetarian restaurant in Hollywood to the Diggers' brown bread in the Summer of Love to the rise of the co-op and the origins of the organic food craze, Kauffman reveals how today's quotidian whole-foods staples--including sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole-grain bread--were introduced and eventually became part of our diets. From coast to coast, through Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont, Kauffman tracks hippie food's journey from niche oddity to a cuisine that hit every corner of this country.

A slick mix of gonzo playfulness, evocative detail, skillful pacing, and elegant writing, Hippie Food is a lively, engaging, and informative read that deepens our understanding of our culture and our lives today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152.65 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062437313
  • 9780062437310
  • 132,687

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Sprouts, tofu, granola, brown rice, whole-grain bread: suspect foods fifty years ago, omnipresent today. Journey back a half century in time--to the 1960s and 1970s--with food writer Jonathan Kauffman, who tells the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative diet that would change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon's America and turned to a more idealistic, wholesome, and communal way of eating.

From the mystical rock-and-roll cult known as the Source Family and their legendary vegetarian Hollywood restaurant, to the free brown bread served by activists known as the Diggers in Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love, to the rise of food co-ops and the origins of organic farming, Kauffman reveals how hippie food became part of our diets. He tracks its journey from California to Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and from a niche oddity to a cuisine eaten in every corner of this country.

A slick mix of gonzo playfulness, evocative detail, and elegant writing, Hippie Food is a lively and informative read that deepens our understanding of our culture and our lives today.
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Review quote

"Kauffman's research left him with a fascinating picture of what longhairs ate and where they got it."--NPR's The Salt
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575 ratings
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