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Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration

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Millions of immigrants were drawn to American shores, not by the mythic streets paved with gold, but rather by its tables heaped with food. How they experienced the realities of America's abundant food--its meat and white bread, its butter and cheese, fruits and vegetables, coffee and beer--reflected their earlier deprivations and shaped their ethnic practices in the new land.

Hungering for America tells the stories of three distinctive groups and their unique culinary dramas. Italian immigrants transformed the food of their upper classes and of sacred days into a generic "Italian" food that inspired community pride and cohesion. Irish immigrants, in contrast, loath to mimic the foodways of the Protestant British elite, diminished food as a marker of ethnicity. And, East European Jews, who venerated food as the vital center around which family and religious practice gathered, found that dietary restrictions jarred with America's boundless choices.

These tales, of immigrants in their old worlds and in the new, demonstrate the role of hunger in driving migration and the significance of food in cementing ethnic identity and community. Hasia Diner confirms the well-worn adage, "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are."

Synopsis:

Hungering for America tells the stories of three distinctive groups and their unique culinary dramas. Italian immigrants transformed the food of their upper classes and of sacred days into a generic "Italian" food that inspired community pride and cohesion. Irish immigrants, in contrast, loath to mimic the foodways of the Protestant British elite, diminished food as a marker of ethnicity. And, East European Jews, who venerated food as the vital center around which family and religious practice gathered, found that dietary restrictions jarred with America's boundless choices.

Synopsis:

Millions of immigrants were drawn to American shores, not by the mythic streets paved with gold, but rather by its tables heaped with food. How they experienced the realities of AmericaUs abundant food--its meat and white bread, its butter and cheese, fruits and vegetables, coffee and beer--reflected their earlier deprivations and shaped their ethnic practices in the new land.< /p>

About the Author

Hasia R. Diner is Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University.

Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Ways of Eating, Ways of Starving

2. Black Bread, Hard Bread: Food, Class, and Hunger in Italy

3. "The Bread Is Soft": Italian Foodways, American Abundance

4. "Outcast from Life's Feast": Food and Hunger in Ireland

5. The Sounds of Silence: Irish Food in America

6. A Set Table: Jewish Food and Class in Eastern Europe

7. Food Fights: Immigrant Jews and the Lure of America

8. Where There Is Bread, There Is My Country

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674011113
Author:
Diner, Hasia R.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
Food habits -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
Social Science-Ethnic Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 halftones
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Hungering for America tells the stories of three distinctive groups and their unique culinary dramas. Italian immigrants transformed the food of their upper classes and of sacred days into a generic "Italian" food that inspired community pride and cohesion. Irish immigrants, in contrast, loath to mimic the foodways of the Protestant British elite, diminished food as a marker of ethnicity. And, East European Jews, who venerated food as the vital center around which family and religious practice gathered, found that dietary restrictions jarred with America's boundless choices.
"Synopsis" by , Millions of immigrants were drawn to American shores, not by the mythic streets paved with gold, but rather by its tables heaped with food. How they experienced the realities of AmericaUs abundant food--its meat and white bread, its butter and cheese, fruits and vegetables, coffee and beer--reflected their earlier deprivations and shaped their ethnic practices in the new land.< /p>
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