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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Grocers initially sold peanuts from large glass jars . Each held about a dozen individual bags , and these were re- plenished as the peanuts were sold . By the 1880s , peanuts and peanut oils were regularly sold by grocers who ...
Beginning in 1923 , newspapers commented upon the poor quality of peanuts being sold to the public by vendors , specifically those at baseball stadiums . Peanuts had been associated with baseball almost from the beginning .
In 1963 , the Cracker Jack Company was sold to Borden , Inc. , based in New York City . In 1997 , Borden sold Cracker Jack to Frito - Lay , America's largest snack food business and a subsidiary of PepsiCo .
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Origin and Dispersion
Slave Food to Snack Food
Soldiers and Vendors
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