After smashing our illusions about the Pilgrims, Ott continues her pumpkin iconoclasm.... The pumpkin as symbol comes full circle.
(Nina C. Ayoub The Chronicle of Higher Education
Cindy Ott digs deeply and creatively in furrowing a few familiar and many elusive sources in this major contribution to American agricultural and sociocultural history.
(Michael Kammen The Journal of American History
If you’re interested in taking a deeper look into the rich history of pumpkins, you will enjoy Cindy Ott’s Pumpkin... It’s definitely worth a read. Next time you bake a homemade pumpkin pie, you can serve it with a slice of history as well.
(Tori Avey The History Kitchen
There is much treasure to be mined from this engaging work of nonfiction, so carve out some reading time, and enjoy a pumpkin-tastic narrative.
(Jan Johnson The Columbian
Her analysis certainly leads to a deeper consideration of this simple vegetable and how it is that Americans may still consider the country a farming nation, although the number of farmers had declined dramatically...
(Rae Katherine Eighmey Minnesota History
Cindy Ott presents a fascinating study of America's darling squash.... Her thorough investigation of the renowned autumn icon takes a detailed look into American social and agricultural history.
(Kelly Restuccia OhRanger!
From the symbolism of pumpkins in classical and medieval mythology, to locavores and harvest festivals, Ott's paean to pumpkins is important, entertaining, and enlightening.
(Warren Belasco, author of Food, the Key Concepts
An original, carefully researched, engagingly written, even playful and witty foray into the exploding field of food history by an up-and-coming star in the field. How appropriate that so delightful a vegetable has an equally delightful book to pay it tribute.
(William Cronon, from the Foreword)
Ott reexamines American history through the lens of the pumpkin. It is an undertaking that is both intellectual and fun.
(Garry Stephenson Oregon Historical Quarterly
About the Author
Cindy Ott is assistant professor of American studies at Saint Louis University.
Cindy Ott is assistant professor of American Studies at Saint Louis University.