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The Hamburger: A History (American Icons)

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What do Americans think of when they think of the hamburger? A robust, succulent spheroid of fresh ground beef, the birthright of red-blooded citizens? Or a Styrofoam-shrouded Big Mac, mass-produced to industrial specifications and served by wage slaves to an obese, brainwashed population? Is it cooking or commodity? An icon of freedom or the quintessence of conformity?

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This fast-paced and entertaining book unfolds the immense significance of the hamburger as an American icon. Josh Ozersky shows how the history of the burger is entwined with American business and culture and, unexpectedly, how the burgerand#8217;s story is in many ways the story of the country that invented (and reinvented) it.

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Spanning the years from the nineteenth century with its waves of European immigrants to our own era of globalization, the book recounts how German and#147;hamburg steakand#8221; evolved into hamburgers for the rising class of urban factory workers and how the innovations of the White Castle System and the McDonaldand#8217;s Corporation turned the burger into the Model T of fast food. The hamburger played an important role in Americaand#8217;s transformation into a mobile, suburban culture, and today, Americaand#8217;s favorite sandwich is nothing short of an irrepressible economic and cultural force. How this all happened, and why, is a remarkable story, told here with insight, humor, and gusto.

Review:

What do Alger Hiss and the hamburger have in common? According to the editors of a new series of books, they are both "Icons of America" — yet both have had their patriotism questioned. In "The Hamburger," historian Josh Ozersky dispenses quickly with the claim that the hamburger — never mind its name — has its roots in Hamburg, Germany: "It doesn't matter if Mongols used to ride around with minced... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

An American cultural historian and recognized authority on food, Josh Ozersky is food editor/online for New York Magazine. He has written for The New York Times, the New York Post, Saveur, and many other publications. His books include Meat Me in Manhattan: A Carnivoreandrsquo;s Guide to New York and Archie Bunkerandrsquo;s America: TV in an Era of Changing Times. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300117585
Subtitle:
A History
Author:
Ozersky, Josh
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Hamburgers.
Subject:
Specific Ingredients - Meat
Subject:
Hamburgers -- History.
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20090526
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w illus.
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.65 lb

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