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Title Rooted in America : foodlore of popular fruits and vegetables / edited by David Scofield Wilson and Angus Kress Gillespie.

Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
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Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Woman of the Century -- 2. The Whole Age Must Cooperate -- 3. A Cure for "Betweenity" -- 4. "Be Ye Holy!" -- 5. Religion Is Something to Do -- 6. Directly to the Bible -- 7. The Unction Makes the Preacher -- 8. Aim at Being Useful -- 9. The Bonds of Sisterhood -- 10. Females Who Have Deviated from the Paths of Virtue -- 11. To Touch It Was Contamination -- 12. Mutual Submission, Active Discipleship -- App. Defenses of Women's Ministry: A Chronological Listing.
Summary From the exotic appeal of oranges to the joy of home-grown tomatoes, many fruits and vegetables have come to play key roles in our gardening, cooking, and eating habits. This book explores ten familiar cultivars -- apples, bananas, corn, cranberries, peppers, oranges, pumpkins, tobacco, tomatoes, and watermelons -- to show how they have become intimately entwined with the American way of life.
Through recipes and superstitions, jokes and urban legends, history and advertising, these foods have become unmistakably part of our popular culture. We might attend a county fair and see a blue ribbon awarded to a prize pumpkin, then take in a movie that evening where we see a cigarette dangling from Humphrey Bogart's lips or even witness The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Whether native or exotic, consumed daily or associated with festivities, these common comestibles have become food for thought as well as for sustenance.
Rooted in America examines how these foods express our cultural values and carry meanings that derive from the contexts in which we place them. It offers a tour of the apple in American history and consciousness, from Johnny Appleseed to mass production; tells how fruit companies taught North Americans to eat bananas while teaching Central Americans to grow them; examines differing social status attached to eating corn; explores the aesthetic contribution of cranberries to plate and landscape; and reveals how hot peppers separate men from boys -- and also European from non-European cultures.
All of the essays show how these foods have slipped into our minds and hearts as symbols of what we value about ourselves and the places we live. Rooted in America will delightreaders with its insights into favorite foods -- proving that, no matter what their origins, all are as American as apple pie.
Other author Wilson, David Scofield.
Gillespie, Angus K., 1942-
Subject Fruit -- United States -- Folklore.
Vegetables -- United States -- Folklore.
Food -- Symbolic aspects -- United States.
Food habits -- United States.
United States -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 1572330589 (cloth : alk. paper)
1572330481 (paperback)
157233052X (alk. paper)
1572330538 (paperback)