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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Trade between the southern colonies and islands in the Caribbean was sustained throughout the colonial period . An important part of that trade was the exchange of slaves , who were familiar with peanuts . Watson believed that peanuts ...
As this became a lucrative trade , other southern farmers were in- terested to know how to get in on it . The editor of the New England Farmer published a request for more information about peanuts from a Mr. E. W. Haring of Cayuga ...
Hatch started off with the assumption that he needed to develop a repeat trade by selling only the best quality goods . Because much of his trade was with tourists , he also realized that he ought to encourage mail orders for his ...
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Origin and Dispersion
Slave Food to Snack Food
Soldiers and Vendors
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