Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea
University of Illinois Press, 2006 - 272 pages
The peanut's rise from a lowly bean to national favorite
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.
Chronicling how peanut consumption and production has changed throughout history, Smith highlights the peanut's role in the ways economic distress, wartime conditions, industrialization, and health trends reflect and inform our culinary landscape. 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.
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During the early 1900s peanut butter was considered a delicacy and as such it was served at upscale affairs and in New York's finest tearooms . Ye Olde English Coffee House made a " Peanut Butter and Pimento Sandwich .
In an interview with New York's Journal of Commerce , an agent for a peanut butter maker reported in 1900 that peanut butter was “ rapidly coming to the front as an article of common use . " The largest producers were located in the ...
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