"[A] classic tome."
"Helps us read between the lines of cookbooks as consumer guides. . . . Makes a convincing argument that a very self-conscious New England, proud of its contributions to the establishment of democracy in America, set in the 1800s a foodways pattern much copied across the country. We will become the wiser as we observe how that pattern was overturned in more recent times."
"America's Founding Food
will become a standard work in culinary history."
-- Andrew F. Smith, author of Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea
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In this unique culinary history, husband and wife team, Keith and Kathleen Stavely, tell how foodstuffs and foodways helped define a new nation. Lobsters, cod, beans, corn, pumpkins, apples, pork, turkey, cider and coffee are just some of the foods the Stavelys highlight in their lively story of New England cookery. From the landing at Pymouth Rock to the 1950s, New England's bounty came to represent American food.