Peanuts : The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea

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Harmoniously paired with chocolate, as American as baseball games and after-school snacks, and, when ground into a creamy paste, quite possibly the best thing to happen to sliced bread-the peanut is one of the most versatile and beloved of American food icons. In this first culinary history of the protein-laden legume, Andrew F Smith follows the peanut's rise from a lowly, messy snack food to its place in haute cuisine and on candy racks across the country. Chock-full of photographs, advertisements, and peanut recipes from as early as 1847, this entertaining and enlightening volume is a testament to the culinary potential and lasting popularity of the goober more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 160.5 x 235.7 x 23.9mm | 625.97g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252025539
  • 9780252025532

About Andrew F. Smith

Andrew F. Smith, president of the American Forum for Global Education in New York City, teaches culinary history at the New School University. He is the author of The Tomato in America and many other more

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"Enjoyable and full of facts on this significant and versatile food, the book comprehensively details the importance of peanuts as a food source and makes an important contribution to the field." -- Choice "Smith tells the back story of one of the wonders of the national food scene... The book surveys [the peanut's] long history, drawing from many scholarly sources." -- Tifton Gazette "During antebellum times, genteel Northerners linked the peanut to rowdyism. In the South, peanuts were considered food fit only for slaves... This 'nutty tale' follows the legume's journey to becoming a dietary staple. In the process, Smith examines what the peanut's story can tell us about larger social and historical issues." -- Science Newsshow more

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