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The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0195387094
ISBN-10: 0195387090
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"Nearly 700 pages of Americana on the table, this reference work is the gift for the culinary student, chef or Food Network groupie on your list. It's fun to flip through - 'the mimosa is one of America's first designer cocktails' - or burrow into (the 'pies and tarts' entry goes on for three pages)."--The Denver Post


"Clearly written and concisely presented, this volume will be an affordable multidisciplinary resource"--School Library Journal


"When it comes to American food, there's no better resource than the new Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.This monster-size tome weighs enough to work your biceps and contains more than 1,000 entries that should answer every last one of your culinary curiosities."-New York Post


"Amateur and professional food historians will join lovers of culinary trivia in alternately marveling and chuckling over The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, which tells just about everything you ever wanted to know on the subject, and then some.... Overall, it's a fun and informative read."--San Francisco Chronicle


"Whether you want to learn for learning's sake, dazzle friends with observations on the cocktail you're holding ("Did you know that Bourbon is a style of whiskey that can legally be made only in the United States?") or beef up your chances on a game show ("I'll take 'Drive-Ins' for $100, Alex"), editor Andrew F. Smith's efforts should not fail to deliver. Many reference books fall short because they're, well, b-o-r-i-n-g. This one isn't."--Chicago Tribune


"Unique, fascinating, fun and indispensable, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink is a must for anyone interested in the food culture of America, from the professional chef to the food writer to the lover of the table."--Jacques Pépin, star of Fast Food My Way and author of The Apprentice


"Here are the facts. This impressive Oxford Companion presents a complex subject without fuss or frills."--Anne Willan, director of La Varenne at Château du Feÿ, author of La Varenne Pratique and The Good Cook


"I've always wondered what American food and drink was exactly. Now that I've read the Oxford Companion, it's clear and understandable. And what a story! Filled with unusual twists and turns and peopled with ordinary and extraordinary cooks, chefs, farmers, inventors, scientists, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs, I found it, like good food, quite irresistible."--Burt Wolf


"Erudite, witty, and stuffed with gems"--The Daily Telegraph (London)


About the Author


Andrew F. Smith teaches culinary history and professional food writing at The New School University in Manhattan. He serves as a consultant to several food television productions (airing on the History Channel and the Food Network), and is the General Editor for the University of Illinois Press' Food Series. He also edited the highly acclaimed 2-volume Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and has written several books on food, including The Tomato in America, Pure Ketchup, and Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195387090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195387094
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew F. Smith has taught food studies at the New School since 1996. His various courses have included food controversies, food history, food writing and culinary luminaries. He is the author or editor of twenty-eight books, including the award-winning Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America (OUP, 2013), Sugar: A Global History (Reaktion, April 2015) and Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City (Oxford University Press, November 2015). He is currently under contract to write a three-volume reference work on food controversies related to the environment, health and the economy. He serves as the editor for the "Edible Series" and the "Food Controversies Series" at Reaktion Books in the United Kingdom. He has written more than five hundred articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers, and has served as a consultant to several television series, including the six-episode series, "Eat: The Story of Food," that aired on the National Geographic Channel in the fall of 2014. Formerly, he directed the Center for Teaching International Relations at the University of Denver, and has directed several national and international non-for-profit organizations. For more about him, visit his website: www.andrewfsmith.com

Andrew F. Smith has delivered more than fifteen hundred presentations on various educational, historical, and international topics, and has organized seventy-three major conferences. He has been frequently interviewed by and quoted in newspapers, journals and magazines, such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Reader's Digest, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Fortune Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. I have been regularly interviewed on radio and television, including National Public Radio and the Food Network.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Hardcover
Don't let "Oxford" scare you. Although amazingly researched and documented, the book is written for everyone who has eaten a twinkie to a

buche du noel.

Amazing history lessons on everything you like or dislike to eat.

As a native marylander, i was happy to learn the derivation of "stuffed ham"

A great gift for anyone who eats.
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It's hard to put down - you can just open up to any page and find something interesting about food in American history - and drink too, of course. The foodie will absolutely adore having this book on their shelf! The illustrations and the historical images throughout are very interesting. The quality of the writing is excellent - I wouldn't expect anything less from Oxford. I'll be putting this right alongside my Oxford Companion to Wine!
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This book is an incredible resource. The problem is with the binding. I've used the library's copy of the same book, including opening it to make copies. I opened my copy for the first time and and the binding is broken at page 230-231. Page 229/230 is now out of the book. The binding is also broken at page 454 and that page is now loose. I can't afford (time) to return and wait for another copy. The poor quality binding on this book (obvious when you look at the book before you even open it) detracts from the wealth of information inside.
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Anyone who is interested in both food and history--this is for you. This heavy paperback has wonderful stories and illustrations of how to use certain foods and their backgrounds. I would call it a great coffee table book, though it's a bit thick for your average coffee table reader, I suspect. Definitely a nice gift for a cook or foodie!
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This is a great book for foodies. It is a great source for food history ingredient information. Nice light reading before bed and most sections are very fast reads.
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I wasn't expecting a text book-like book, but with as many pages as it has I didn't find one page dull or boring. It has a lot of good information on all topics related to food and dining. It's like the encyclopedia of food. It covers a lot of concepts such as ''fast food" to "entomophagy" to various food companies. Though large, this book would be great to leave out in a waiting room, office, or even on your own coffee table. Full of information! Even my kids enjoy reading it!
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