By Jennifer Jensen Wallach,Lindsey R. Swindall

Designed to entice scholars of heritage and foodies alike, American Appetites, the 1st publication within the collage of Arkansas Press’s new nutrients and Foodways sequence, brings jointly compelling firsthand testimony describing the nation’s collective consuming behavior all through time. starting with local American folktales that record foundational nutrients behavior and finishing with modern discussions approximately the right way to receive sufficient, healthy, and moral nutrition, this quantity finds that the hunt for meals has consistently been approximately greater than actual nourishment, demonstrating altering attitudes approximately matters starting from patriotism and gender to expertise and race. Readers will adventure vicariously starvation and satiation, culinary excitement and gustatory misery from views as different as these of enslaved Africans, nineteenth-century socialites, battle-weary squaddies, impoverished immigrants, and trendy politicians. despite their prestige or the peculiarities in their historic second, the americans whose tales are captured right here demonstrate that U.S. heritage can't be understood except an exam of what drives and what feeds the yank appetite.

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