Thursday, July 27, 2006

Beer : a history of brewing in Chicago

Skilnik, Bob.
Beer : a history of brewing in Chicago
Fort Lee, NJ : Barricade Books, c2006.

from publisher...

The rise and fall of Chicago's brewing industry plays out in this fascinating book. Skilnik takes readers back to the beginning of an industry that once wielded tremendous influence, wealth, and power to contemporary Chicago, where some of the nation's biggest breweries battle to fill the void left by the closing of local old-time breweries. From the days of Al Capone and Prohibition through the rise of national beer brands in the Windy City, this book serves up a heady dose of beer history. Much more than a timeline, BEER is a definitive but fun-to-read volume, filled with anecdotes and little-known facts. A treasure for history buffs, Chicago fans, beer connoisseurs, and collectors of breweriana.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Comrades and Chicken Ranchers

Comrades and Chicken Ranchers: The Story of a California Jewish Community
By Kenneth L. Kann
Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, c.1993

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Food is Love

Parkin, Katherine J.
Food is Love: advertising and genderroles in modern America
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006

"Food Is Love is well-written, comprehensive, and compelling, and makes a significant contribution to the literature on advertising history and women's studies."—Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin College

Modern advertising has changed dramatically since the early twentieth century, but when it comes to food, Katherine Parkin writes, the message has remained consistent. Advertisers have historically promoted food in distinctly gendered terms, returning repeatedly to themes that associated shopping and cooking with women. Foremost among them was that, regardless of the actual work involved, women should serve food to demonstrate love for their families. In identifying shopping and cooking as an expression of love, ads helped to both establish and reinforce the belief that kitchen work was women's work, even as women's participation in the labor force dramatically increased. Alternately flattering her skills as a homemaker and preying on her insecurities, advertisers suggested that using their products would give a woman irresistible sexual allure, a happy marriage, and healthy children. Ads also promised that by buying and making the right foods, a woman could help her family achieve social status, maintain its racial or ethnic identity, and assimilate into the American mainstream.

Advertisers clung tenaciously to this paradigm throughout great upheavals in the patterns of American work, diet, and gender roles. To discover why, Food Is Love draws on thousands of ads that appeared in the most popular magazines of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including the Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Ebony, and the Saturday Evening Post. The book also cites the records of one of the nation's preeminent advertising firms, as well as the motivational research advertisers utilized to reach their customers.

Katherine J. Parkin teaches history at Monmouth University.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Building houses out of chicken legs

Williams-Forson, Psyche A.

Building houses out of chicken legs : Black women, food, and power
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2006.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-302) and index.
Contents Contents: We called ourselves waiter carriers -- "Who dat say chicken in dis crowd" : Black men, visual imagery, and the ideology of fear -- Gnawing on a chicken bone in my own house : cultural contestation, Black women’s work, and class -- Traveling the chicken bone express -- Say Jesus and come to me : signifying and church food -- Taking the big piece of chicken -- Still dying for some soul food? -- Flying the coop with Kara Walker -- Epilogue : from train depots to country buffets.

Subject Chickens -- Social aspects.
Meat -- Symbolic aspects.
African American women -- Food.
African American women -- Social conditions.
African American cookery.
Cookery (Chicken)
Food habits -- United States.
Food preferences -- United States.
ISBN 0807830224 (cloth : alk. paper)
080785686X (pbk. : alk. paper)

An antebellum plantation household

LeClercq, Anne Sinkler Whaley,1942-
An antebellum plantation household : including the
South Carolina low country receipts and remedies of
Emily Wharton Sinkler
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2006.

At the age of nineteen Emily Wharton married Charles Sinkler and moved eight hundred miles from her Philadelphia home to a cotton plantation in an isolated area in the South Carolina Low Country. In monthly letters to her northern family she recorded keen observations about her adopted home, and in a receipt book she assembled a trusted collection of culinary and medicinal recipes reflecting her ties to both North and South. Together with an extensive biographical and historical introduction by Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, these documents provide a flavorful record of plantation cooking, folk medicine, travel, and social life in the antebellum South.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Reading Food

forthcoming from Routledge...

Reading Food
: A Culinary History from Shakespeare to Martha Stewart
Wendy Wall

ISBN: 0415970458
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 30/09/2007

About the Book

Tony Soprano's fear of meat has a long history. The simple act of tasting chocolate in the eighteenth century has class and racial overtones. Wall's book will look at a dozen or so foods, implements, and practices to assemble a broad picture of how food and dining have come to mean what they mean today.

Part literary history, part anthropology, part popular culture study, Reading Food is an informative and readable addition to the literature on what we eat.

Chinese cuisine, American palate

Chinese cuisine, American palate : an anthology / Jacqueline M. Newman and Roberta Halporn, editors ; [Mabel M. Chan, W.B. Bateman, Ivan Goldberg ... [et al.], contributors].
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Center for Thanatology Research & Education, Inc., c2004.

Scientific and nutritional aspects of Chinese food -- The influence of Chinese cuisine in Asia -- Asian immigrant food adaptations in the Americas -- Chinese cuisine adopted and adapted by Americans.

Cookery, Chinese -- Social aspects.
Cookery, American -- Social aspects.
Cookery, Asian -- Social aspects.