Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea

Front Cover
University of Illinois Press, 2002 - 234 pages
0 Reviews
Harmoniously paired with chocolate, as American as baseball games and after-school snacks, and, when ground into a creamy paste, quite possibly the best thing to happen to sliced bread -- the peanut is one of the most versatile and beloved of American food icons. In this first culinary history of the protein-laden legume, Andrew F. Smith follows the peanut's rise from a lowly, messy snack food to its place in haute cuisine and on candy racks across the country.

Shunned by southern aristocrats and the northern elite in antebellum America, peanuts were originally considered ungenteel and only fit for slaves and the poor to eat. But as Americans grew more keen on the portable, filling, and inexpensive snack, peanuts became available at fairs, circuses, and theaters, whereupon street vendors first enticed consumers with offers for "Fresh, roasted peanuts!" Unlike other food fads, peanuts thrived, and by the turn of the twentieth century they were big business.

Chronicling how peanut consumption and production changed throughout World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and, more recently, as a result of corporate mergers and globalization, Smith highlights the peanut's role in the ways economic distress, wartime conditions, industrialization, and health trends reflect and inform our culinary landscape.

Along the way, Smith introduces readers to folks such as George Washington Carver, who paved the way for the peanut's popularity by promoting hundreds of uses for it, from peanut coffee to peanut flour. Smith also details the exploits of lesser-known peanut pioneers, such as John Harvey Kellogg, the early advocate of vegetarianism who extolled the virtues of peanut butter, and apair of Italian immigrant peanut vendors who built the Planters dynasty with help from a fortuitous advertising campaign featuring Mr. Peanut.

Chock-full of photographs, advertisements, and peanut recipes from as early as 1847, this entertaining and enlightening volume is a testament to the culinary potential and lasting popularity of the goober pea.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Related books

Contents

Origin and Dispersion
1
Slave Food to Snack Food
11
Soldiers and Vendors
29
Unshelled and Shelled
46
Soup to Oil Nuts
56
Sweet and Nutty
72
Scientists and Promoters S6
86
War and Peace
101
Revolution and Transformation
111
An American Icon and a Global Future
121
Historical Recipes
135
PEANUT SOUPS AND PUREES
176
Notes
179
Selected Bibliography and Resources
215
Index
225
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

References from web pages

Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea
Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea. by Donna R. Gabaccia. By Andrew F. Smith. The Food Series. (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois ...
www.questia.com/ PM.qst?a=o& se=gglsc& d=5002569415

Andrew F. Smith / Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea
The peanutís rise from a lowly bean to national favorite
www.press.uillinois.edu/ books/ catalog/ 74khc4fy9780252073281.html

goober pea goober - Encyclopedia.com
Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea is certainly serious scholarly work ... Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea will please ...
www.encyclopedia.com/ doc/ 1O39-goobergooberpea.html

Peanuts: the Illustrious History of the Goober Pea | Journal of ...
Peanuts: the Illustrious History of the Goober Pea from Journal of Southern History in Reference provided by Find Articles.
findarticles.com/ p/ articles/ mi_go2135/ is_200311/ ai_n6589463

Tmecca : Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea by ...
Peanuts: The Illustrious History Of The Goober Pea. 정가, 17500원. 판매가, 15700원 (10% DC). 적립금, 300(2%). ISBN10, 0252073282. ISBN13, 9780252073281 ...
tmecca.com/ detail/ detail_book.html?isbn=9780252073281

Peanut butter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Andrew F. Smith's book Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea (University of Illinois Press, 2002) the earliest candidate for the ...
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Peanut_butter

The History of peanut Butter and Jelly
---Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea, Andrew F. Smith [University of Illinois Press:Urbana] 2002 (p. 35) ...
www.kitchenproject.com/ history/ PBJ/ peanut_butter_jelly.htm

【楽天市場】Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea ...
Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea(Peanuts: The Illustrious ... タイトル:Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea:PEANUTS(Food ...
item.rakuten.co.jp/ book/ 4775359/

World Geography of the Peanut
Smith, af 2002 Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea. Chicago: University of Illinois Press. Weiss, ea 2000 Oilseed Crops. ...
www.lanra.uga.edu/ peanut/ knowledgebase/

CV
ďPaean to Peanuts; Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea by Andrew S. [sic] Smith,Ē Associated Press, May 14, 2002 ...
www.andrewfsmith.com/ Bio/ full%20bio.htm

About the author (2002)

Andrew F. Smith teaches culinary history at the New School University.

Bibliographic information