- Hardcover: 2560 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (November 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199734968
- ISBN-13: 978-0199734962
- Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 7.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 17.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America: 3-Volume Set 2nd Edition
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*Starred Review* Food, glorious food is presented here in an informative and entertaining three-volume set. An update to the 2004 edition, this revision adds more than 500 new entries, and updates previous entries with current information. Culinary profiles of 30 American cities are also included. New topics cover the rise in popularity of organic farming and foods, the locavore movement, and food imports. The A–Z entries focus on particular foods and drinks, such as Acorn, Bialy, and Supawn; more general categories, such as Ale and Cake; and numerous American brands and companies. There are also brief biographies (Graham Kerr, Marion Nestle, Alice Waters) and descriptions of products and equipment (Dishwashing and cleaning up, Slow cooker). The signed entries range from a few paragraphs to several pages, and see also references are plentiful. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout the text. Extensive bibliographic resources round out most entries, and there are separate general bibliographies for food and drink in volume 3. Other useful appendixes include a list of food periodicals; an extensive list of food websites; and directories of major food-related library collections, museums, and organizations. There is a detailed index and an excellent topical outline of articles. This set is highly recommended for most libraries—libraries owning the first edition will want to replace it with this new edition if funds allow. --Rebecca Vnuk
"Nothing will satisfy the foodie more than the two volumes of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, which takes the reader from Anadama bread, which originated on Boston's North Shore, to an 1845 dinner at the White House," --The Boston Globe
"Fascinating, informative, these two volumes are a wealth of information on every aspect of American food and drink....Truly an invaluable resource."--Washington Post
"Essential....Anyone who can put it down is unburdened by curiosity about anything." --The New Yorker
"Whether readers make a living studying culinary traditions or just enjoy eating, they'll find this book a marvel. A trove of in-depth information on every aspect of American food and drink--such as holiday food traditions, the Slow Food movement and vegetarianism--the book strives to place its subject into historical and cultural context and succeeds brilliantly....Readers will be hooked upon opening either volume (the entire work is split in two) and flipping to any page....For food lovers of all stripes, this work inspires, enlightens and entertains."--Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"An authoritative resource that brings together 'the best scholarship on the history of American food'.... With entries ranging from "Bialy" to "Borden" (complete with a sidebar on "Elsie the Cow"), and "Vegetarianism" to "Vienna Sausage," this is an encyclopedic smorgasbord where readers can either casually graze multiple offerings or choose a single topic and dig in." -- School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"How did the mock apple pie originate? What's the difference between a frappe and a milkshake? Who introduced the first frozen TV dinner? Answers to queries such as these can be found in this highly entertaining set...Essential. Highly recommended for all libraries." -- Choice
"Essential.... Anyone who can put it down is unburdened by curiosity about anything."--The New Yorker
"This two-volume encyclopedia presents a comprehensive and delightful voyage through historical and contemporary foodways.... Will provide fodder for countless explorations and discoveries such as these for food lovers, scholars, students, and writers. With its excellent organization, lucid writing, and comprehensive coverage, it will be an invaluable resource for years to come."--Gastronomica
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