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The Resource Three squares : the invention of the American meal, Abigail Carroll

Three squares : the invention of the American meal, Abigail Carroll

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Three squares : the invention of the American meal
Title
Three squares
Title remainder
the invention of the American meal
Statement of responsibility
Abigail Carroll
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
We are what we eat, as the saying goes, but we are also how we eat, and when, and where. Our eating habits reveal as much about our society as the food on our plates, and our national identity is written in the eating schedules we follow and the customs we observe at the table and on the go. In this book the author, a food historian upends the popular understanding of our most cherished mealtime traditions, revealing that our eating habits have never been stable, far from it, in fact. The eating patterns and ideals we have inherited are relatively recent inventions, the products of complex social and economic forces, as well as the efforts of ambitious inventors, scientists and health gurus. Whether we are pouring ourselves a bowl of cereal, grabbing a quick sandwich, or congregating for a family dinner, our mealtime habits are living artifacts of our collective history, and represent only the latest stage in the evolution of the American meal. Our early meals, the author explains, were rustic affairs, often eaten hastily, without utensils, and standing up. Only in the nineteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution upset work schedules and drastically reduced the amount of time Americans could spend on the midday meal, did the shape of our modern "three squares" emerge: quick, simple, and cold breakfasts and lunches and larger, sit-down dinners. Since evening was the only part of the day when families could come together, dinner became a ritual, as American as apple pie. But with the rise of processed foods, snacking has become faster, cheaper, and easier than ever, and many fear for the fate of the cherished family meal as a result. The story of how the simple gruel of our forefathers gave way to snack fixes and fast food, this book also explains how Americans' eating habits may change in the years to come. Only by understanding the history of the American meal can we can help determine its future. -- From book jacket
Summary
A history of the American meal explains the evolution of traditional fare as a reflection of national identity, describing the midday meals of colonial America, the eating rituals of subsequent generations, and the advent of processed foods
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10180648
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Carroll, Abigail
Dewey number
394.1/20973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Food habits
  • Diet
  • Dinners and dining
  • Luncheons
  • Breakfasts
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Diet
  • Breakfasts
  • Dinners and dining
  • Food habits
  • Luncheons
  • Manners and customs
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States
  • Diet
Target audience
adult
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the invention of the American meal
Label
Three squares : the invention of the American meal, Abigail Carroll
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn842307268
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465025527
Lccn
2013008929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)842307268
Label
Three squares : the invention of the American meal, Abigail Carroll
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn842307268
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465025527
Lccn
2013008929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)842307268

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