From Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals

3.6 avg rating
( 138 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780142002971: From Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

An expert on women's and culinary history takes readers on a fascinating tour of American history using food as a main focus, drawing on diaries, journals, memoirs, and old cookbooks to provide a close-up look at two centuries of American culinary history. Reprint.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Barbara Haber's fascinating From Hardtack to Home Fries bills itself as "An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals." More exactly, it locates the recurrent intersection of American women's history and culinary practice and shows how one shaped the other. In lively chapters like "Pretty Much of a Muchness: Civil War Nurses and Diet Kitchens" and "The Harvey Girls: Good Women and Good Food Civilize the American West," Haber focuses on the untold female contribution to 19th- and 20th-century food culture, an engrossing story. Readers not only encounter great anecdotes--Civil War nurses guarding barrels of whiskey from thieves, for example, or pioneer chain-restaurateur Fred Harvey's female service corps in action--but discover a hidden American history.

The vividness of the narratives results, largely, from Haber's excerpts of contemporary diaries and memoirs, like that of World War II POW Sarah Vaughan, who was held by the Japanese in Manila. ("There is a great rush for spinach juice," Vaughan reported, "on the days this is served.") In addition, Haber supplies pertinent recipes, like Ella Kellog's Savory Nut Loaf, a chilling example of 19th-century food-reformist fare, and Baked Fudge, the formula of Cleora Butler, whose unsung cookbooks first explored African American food in the Southwest. These documents tell truths as no others can. Haber's final and most personal chapter, "Growing Up with Cookbooks," explores the importance of cookbooks more explicitly, revealing their "intimate power to make connections between people"--to make culture itself. The authors of most of these recipes are women, a fact not lost on Haber, as the delightful Hardtack shows. --Arthur Boehm

About the Author:

Barbara Haber is Curator of Books at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. She was recently named coordinator of the cookbook restoration program started by the International Association of Culinary Professionals Foundation. She has been seen on The Today Show and Martha Stewart Living and profiled in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Bon App&eacutetit.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780684842172: From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0684842173 ISBN 13:  9780684842172
Publisher: Free Press, 2002
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Barbara Haber
Published by Penguin (Non-Classics) (2003)
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Paperback Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
DIANE Publishing Co.
(Darby, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin (Non-Classics), 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New. 100% Money Back Guarantee! Ships within 1 business day, includes tracking. Carefully packed. Serving satisfied customers since 1987. Seller Inventory # 142678

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Barbara Haber
Published by Penguin Books (2003)
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0142002976

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Barbara Haber
Published by Penguin Books (2003)
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB000IOEODW

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Haber, Barbara
Published by Penguin Books (2003)
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110142002976

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.13
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Barbara Haber
Published by Penguin Books (2003)
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0142002976

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Haber, Barbara
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0142002976 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0058013

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Barbara Haber
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0142002976

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 78.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Barbara Haber
Published by Penguin Books (2003)
ISBN 10: 0142002976 ISBN 13: 9780142002971
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0142002976n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 87.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds