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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?


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 burgers story is in many ways the story of the country that invented (and reinvented) it.


Spanning the years from the nineteenth century with its waves of European immigrants to our own era of globalization, the book recounts how German “hamburg steak” evolved into hamburgers for the rising class of urban factory workers and how the innovations of the White Castle System and the McDonalds Corporation turned the burger into the Model T of fast food. The hamburger played an important role in Americas transformation into a mobile, suburban culture, and today, Americas 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.


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 Carnivores Guide to New York and Archie Bunkers America: TV in an Era of Changing Times. He lives in New York City.

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A History
Ozersky, Josh
Yale University Press
Specific Ingredients - Meat
Hamburgers -- History.
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Icons of America
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15 b/w illus.
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.65 lb

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