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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John Brereton mentioned a “ great store of Ground nuts , fortie to- gether on a string , some of them as bigge as hennes eggs ; they grow not two inches under ground . " In 1613 , a French leader and his followers " scattered about the ...
John Lunan's Hortus Jamaicensis , published in Jamaica in 1814 , stated that peanuts , when roasted , ground , and boiled , made “ a good sub- stitute for chocolate . " French sources recommended that ground peanuts be substituted for ...
While Kellogg did not invent ground peanuts , he spread the good news about peanut butter's healthful qualities and was its greatest popularizer . Follow- ing the adoption of nut butters at the Sanitarium in Battle Creek , the popu- ...
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