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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did stimulate further experimentation over the next few decades , which re- sulted in the development of successful mechanized peanut processing . * The Civil War influenced peanut consumption in Northern states as well .
Some vendors had been extremely successful . George Grice , for instance , began roasting peanuts in 1871 in Atchison , Kansas . He was a humble man who quietly sold his peanuts on a stand mounted on a wheelbarrow .
Schnering also launched a small candy department , which was so successful that all other lines were soon discontinued . Schnering decided to change the name of the company to reflect its new emphasis . As German names were not popular ...
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Origin and Dispersion
Slave Food to Snack Food
Soldiers and Vendors
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