Monday, June 5, 2023

June/July selection: Food Americana

For the June / July 2023 edition I chose Food Americana by David Page (May 2021) based on the book's intriguing subtitle "The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes."

The subtitle reminded me of an earlier choice I made for the club, Twain's Feast by Andrew Beahrs, which looked at foods popular in Twain's time. I thought Food Americana would be a way to jump forward to the present and look at foods popular today. 

From the publisher: 
The remarkable history of American food. What is American cuisine, what national menu do we share, what dishes have we chosen, how did they become “American,” and how are they likely to evolve from here? David Page answers all these questions and more.

From a review of the book by Ann Beman:

A reflection of the nation’s character, most of the highlighted foods immigrated to the U.S. from other countries. Page, a former network news producer and the creator of TV’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” flexes his journalism chops to capture local vernacular as well as the flavors, scents, and imagery of the foods’ cultures as they have evolved. Readers who enjoy microhistories will savor the tidbits of interesting facts and trivia peppered throughout the book. 

I'm looking forward to reading stories of foods that are common around me but weren't a short while ago. 


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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I have finished this one, but I'm not sure what I might try from the book!

Simona Carini said...

You were fast, Deb. Looking forward to reading what the book inspires you to make :)

Amy said...

Great book choice! Here's my post:

Simona Carini said...

Thank you so much, Amy. Glad you enjoyed the book :)

Claudia said...

Thanks Simona, my post is now up:

Simona Carini said...

Thank you, Claudia :)

Simona Carini said...

My post is up too:

Unknown said...

Mine is up:

Loved reading this one! Great book for summer!

Simona Carini said...

Thank you, Debra. Glad you enjoyed the book :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

Here's mine: Thank you, Simona for a great pick!

Simona Carini said...

Thank you, Deb. Glad you liked the book :)