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American Appetites: A Documentary Reader by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall

By Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall

Designed to entice scholars of background and foodies alike, American Appetites, the 1st ebook within the college 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 rfile foundational meals conduct and finishing with modern discussions approximately tips to receive enough, healthy, and moral nutrition, this quantity finds that the hunt for nutrition has constantly been approximately greater than actual nourishment, demonstrating altering attitudes approximately matters starting from patriotism and gender to know-how and race. Readers will adventure vicariously starvation and satiation, culinary excitement and gustatory misery from views as diversified as these of enslaved Africans, nineteenth-century socialites, battle-weary infantrymen, impoverished immigrants, and in demand politicians. despite their prestige or the peculiarities in their ancient second, the american citizens whose tales are captured right here show that U.S. background can't be understood except an exam of what drives and what feeds the yank appetite.

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On the following day they sow the corn in the manner I have just shewn: the roots of the cane, which are not quite dead, shoot fresh canes, which are very tender and brittle; and as no other weeds grow in the field that year, it is easy to be weeded of these canes, and as much corn again may be made, as in a field already cultivated. This grain they eat in many different ways; the most common way is to make it into Sagamity, which is a kind of gruel made with water, or strong broth. They bake bread of it like cakes (by baking it over the fire on an iron plate, or on a board before the fire,) which is much better than what they bake in the oven, at least for present use; but you must make it every day; and even then it is too heavy to soak in soup of any kind.

The water-melons of Africa are not near so relishing as those of Louisiana. The seeds of water-melons are placed like those of the French melons. Their shape is oval and flat, being as thick at the ends as towards the middle; their length is about six lines, and their breadth four. Some are black and others red; but the black are the best, and it is those you ought to choose for sowing, if you would wish to have good fruit; which you cannot fail of, if they are not planted in strong ground, where they would degenerate and become red.

Said the Squash Maiden, as she spread her beautiful gold and green blanket at his feet. Corn Plume looked down at the Squash Maiden sitting on her blanket at his feet. She was good to look upon, and yet Corn Plume was not content. He wanted a maiden who would stand by his side, not always sit at his feet. Then Corn Plume spoke thus to the Squash Maiden. “Corn Plume cannot marry Squash Maiden. She is very beautiful, but she will not make song in Corn Plume’s heart. Squash Maiden will grow tired of his lodge.

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