From Thanksgiving to fast food to the Passover seder, Food in the USA brings together the essential readings on these topics and is the only substantial collection of essays on food and culture in the United States. Essay topics include the globalization of U.S. food; the dangers of the meatpacking industry; the rise of Italian-American food; the meaning of Soul food; the anorexia epidemic; the omnipotence of Coca-Cola; and the invention of Thanksgiving. Together, the collection provides a fascinating look at how and why we Americans are what we eat.
"For anyone who has wondered just what food means to Americans, this volume is indispensable. Carole M. Counihan has compiled an important collection of articles that explores American food in all its diversity and examines its larger meanings in U.S. society and beyond. Both those who decry and those who celebrate American foodways will find much of value in this volume, which convincingly demonstrates the importance of food studies to any understanding of national culture." -- Darra Goldstein, Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture
"Food in the USA includes cutting-edge essays on a variety of topics.. Among the recent collections of readings on food and society, this is the most extensive." -- William Whit, author of Food and Society: A Sociological Approach
"An exceptionally strong collection.I'd like to place my order now!" -- Warren Belasco, editor of Food Nations
"The U.S. is so extraordinary in its food habits, food industries and overarching global power that one can hardly overdo this subject.a useful and popular reader." -- Sydney Mintz, author of Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom