Fun Foods of America: Iconic Delights, Famous Brands, and Legendary Tastemakers by Susan Benjamin

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  • ISBN 10 1493074679
  • ISBN 13 9781493074679
  • Published Jun 04 2024
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Rowman & Littlefield

Publishers Text

The history of fun foods is fast, energetic, and full of surprises. Ever-present and multi-faceted, fun foods have made appearances at birthday parties and lunch boxes in numerous guises, from Twinkies to energy bars. No mere high calorie treats—fun foods were instrumental to the core of how we live, and integral to the influence of Domestic Science, the shifting power of women at home, the use of fun foods as a weapon during war and the corporate swells that swallowed fun foods whole—and turned it into virtually everything we eat today. Each chapter contains recipes and interviews about fun foods with everyone from the 90-year-old daughter of a West Virginia coal miner to an African American great-grandmother raised in a shear-cropper family in the South. Fun Foods of America will take them to free websites to find online cookbooks dating back to the 1600s (with transcriptions!) and those with original paintings, drawings, and photographs of venues such as the World Fairs, where the newest fun food was introduced.

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