In The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites Dr. Libby H. O'Connell, the chief historian of the History Channel, has written a mouthwatering history of the evolution of American food.
For generations, people have proudly defined themselves and their values through their national cuisine. American food, like its history, is a world of its own. This enticingly fresh book introduces modern readers to lost American food traditions and leads them on a tantalizing culinary journey through the evolution of our vibrant cuisine and culture. Covering a hundred different foods from the Native American - era through today and featuring over a dozen recipes and photos, this fascinating history of American food will delight history buffs and food lovers alike.
Tracing the history of the United States through a series of 100 iconic dishes and delicacies (or bites), O'Connell offers a unique multilayered overview of the American people and the transformation of their palates. Delicious recipes, menus, photos, and fun historical tidbits are sprinkled throughout: from why politicians incorporate barbecue feats into their campaign tactics to the real reason Americans call a dollar a "buck" and why takeout is not the modern convenience you thought it was! Each chapter and each "bite" stands alone, so it can be read from front to back or just pick a time or food that interests you. It can inspire meals for traditional holidays or observances. Ranging from unusual delicacies like roasted beaver tail to traditional meatloaf, and social edibles like beer and pretzels, O'Connell explores how different cultures and their traditions have shaped our national diet, influenced the foods we eat and cook today; and the indelible footprint they've left on the foods we savor.
Each book will include a Monticello bookplate signed by the author.
Hardback, 352 pages.