Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall's American Appetites: A Documentary Reader PDF

By Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall

ISBN-10: 155728668X

ISBN-13: 9781557286680

Designed to attract scholars of heritage and foodies alike, American Appetites, the 1st publication within the collage of Arkansas Press’s new foodstuff and Foodways sequence, brings jointly compelling firsthand testimony describing the nation’s collective consuming conduct all through time. starting with local American folktales that record foundational foodstuff conduct and finishing with modern discussions approximately how one can receive sufficient, healthy, and moral foodstuff, this quantity finds that the search for meals has constantly been approximately greater than actual nourishment, demonstrating altering attitudes approximately concerns starting from patriotism and gender to expertise and race. Readers will adventure vicariously starvation and satiation, culinary excitement and gustatory misery from views as diverse as these of enslaved Africans, nineteenth-century socialites, battle-weary infantrymen, impoverished immigrants, and popular politicians. despite their prestige or the peculiarities in their ancient second, the american citizens whose tales are captured right here show that U.S. historical past can't be understood except an exam of what drives and what feeds the yank appetite.

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Agriculture is our chief employment; and every one, even the children and women, are engaged in it. Thus we are all habituated to labour from our earliest years. Every one contributes something to the common stock; and as we are unacquainted with idleness, we have no beggars.  . Our tillage is exercised in a large plain or common, some hours walk from our dwellings, and all the neighbours resort thither in a body. They use no beasts of husbandry; and their only instruments are hoes, axes, shovels, and beaks, or pointed iron to dig with.

This however happens rarely, but when it does, a famine is produced by it. I remember an instance or two wherein this happened. This common is often the theatre of war; and therefore when our people go out to till their land, they not only go in a body, but generally take their arms with them for fear of a surprise; and when they apprehend an invasion they guard the avenues to their dwellings, by driving sticks into the ground, which are so sharp at one end as to pierce the foot, and are generally dipt in poison.

And indeed so I find it now, to my great grief and misery; and [I] saith that if you love me you will redeem me suddenly, for which I do entreat and beg. And if you cannot get the merchants to redeem me for some little money, then for God’s sake get a gathering or entreat some good folks to lay out some little sum of money in meal and cheese and butter and beef. Any eating meat will yield great profit. Oil and vinegar is very good; but, father, there is great loss in leaking. But Colonial Culinary Encounters 39 for God’s sake send beef and cheese and butter, or the more of one sort and none of another.

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