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Peanuts

by Andrew F Smith University of Illinois Press
Pub Date:
12/2006
ISBN:
9780252073281
Format:
Pbk 272 pages
Price:
AU$42.99 NZ$43.47
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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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. Chronicling how peanut consumption and productionhas changed throughout history, Smith highlights the peanut’s role in the ways economic distress, wartime conditions, industrialization, and health trends reflect and inform our culinary landscape. 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 pea.
Andrew F. Smith is a freelance writer who teaches culinary history and professional food writing at the New School in Manhattan. He is the author of many books, including The Tomato in America.