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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As peanuts became more important in the culinary affairs of West Africans , peanuts borrowed names from the Bambara groundnut . Accord- ing to the culinary historian and Los Angeles Times columnist Charles Perry , the Hausas still use ...
The company became even larger when P. D. Gwaltney and P. D. Bain consolidated their efforts and bought the Norfolk Storage Company for cleaning and storing peanuts . The new company was renamed the Ameri- can Peanut Corporation .
Peanut " boilings , " where bushels of peanuts were cooked in big pots , became a social event that vied " in popularity with watermelon cuttings and the old time candy pullings . ” After August , peanuts became “ too ripe and hard to ...
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Origin and Dispersion
Slave Food to Snack Food
Soldiers and Vendors
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