Multcolib Picks: While you wait for...Cooked by Michael Pollan
Annotation:"[B]rings together the latest findings from neuroanthropology, cultural history, and evolutionary psychology to explore people's relationship with food and shows how it depends on ecological, technological, and sociocultural contexts." -Library Journal
Annotation:"In this robust roundup, researcher and librarian Collins scours the archives to show how cooking programs throughout the decades reflect America's changing cultural mores." -Publishers Weekly
Annotation:"Fisher chronicles the evolution of the American cookbook, both its contents and physical construction, from the first American cookbook in 1796 to 20th-century celebrity chef-penned titles." -Choice
Annotation:A journalist traces her 2009 immersion into the national food system to explore how working-class Americans can afford to eat as they should, describing how she worked as a farm laborer, Wal-Mart grocery clerk, and Applebee's expediter while living within the means of each job.
Annotation:A history of the revolution in American cooking that took place in the 1950s traces the innovations, cookbooks, products, techniques, and marketing campaigns that changed the way Americans prepared food.
Annotation:Kitchen Literacy promises to make us think differently about what we eat by revealing how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained.
Annotation:This book offers a novel approach to food writing, presenting a history of eating habits and mores through the lens of the technologies we use to prepare, serve, and consume food.
Annotation:An exploration of the culinary life that was the heart and soul of New York's Lower East Side around the turn of the twentieth century-a city within a city, where Germans, Irish, Italians, and Eastern European Jews attempted to forge a new life.
Annotation:Using long-forgotten WPA files archived in the Library of Congress, the author paints a detailed picture of Depression Era Americans through the food that they ate and the local traditions and customs they observed when planning and preparing meals.
Annotation:A review of the visual representation of food historically and globally, looking at food throughout the ages, the development of food branding, the culture of celebrity chefs and the stylization of the cookbook.
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Michael Pollan is known for his well-researched and passionate manifestos about food and eating. While you're waiting for his latest book, check out some other great reads that look at cooking, eating, and the production of food.