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 collage of Arkansas Press’s new nutrients and Foodways sequence, brings jointly compelling firsthand testimony describing the nation’s collective consuming behavior all through time. starting with local American folktales that record foundational meals conduct and finishing with modern discussions approximately the right way to receive enough, healthy, and moral nutrients, this quantity finds that the hunt for foodstuff has consistently been approximately greater than actual nourishment, demonstrating altering attitudes approximately matters starting from patriotism and gender to expertise and race. Readers will adventure vicariously starvation and satiation, culinary excitement and gustatory misery from views as various as these of enslaved Africans, nineteenth-century socialites, battle-weary infantrymen, impoverished immigrants, and well known politicians. despite their prestige or the peculiarities in their old second, the americans whose tales are captured the following display that U.S. background can't be understood except an exam of what drives and what feeds the yankee appetite.

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I have seen barley and oats in that country three feet high. The rice which is cultivated in that country was brought from Carolina. It succeeds surprizingly well, and experience has there proved, contrary to the common notion, that it does not want to have its foot always in the water. It has been sown in the flat country without being flooded, and the grain that was reaped was full grown, and of a very delicate taste. The fine relish need not surprise us; for it is so with all plants and fruits that grow without being watered, and at a distance from watery places.

There are also wild goats, whose heads I have seen, and the paws of the bears and the skins of the wild boars. For game they have deer, leopards, & very large deer. Document 4: Athanase de Mézières Describes Wichita Food Habits in Eighteenth-Century Texas Source: Howard Eugene Bolton, ed. , Athanase De Mezieres and the Louisiana Texas Foundational Food 9 Frontier, 1768–1780 (Cleveland: Arthur H. Curk, 1914), 203–4. Athanase de Mézières was a Frenchman who began a military career in Louisiana in the 1730s.

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. She will not stay in his wigwam. ” “Corn Plume cannot make Squash Maiden his wife, for he is not content with her. But she shall be Corn Plume’s sister, and sit in his lodge whenever she will. The maiden Corn Plume weds must be ever at his side. ” Next morning at sunrise, the voice of Corn Plume was again heard, singing from the hilltop, “Che che hen!

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