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Hamburger: A Global History (RB-Edible)
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McDonaldand#8217;s founder Ray Kroc once said, and#8220;It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun.and#8221; The hamburger has been a staple of American culture for the last century, both a source of gluttonous joy and a recurrent obstacle to healthy eating. Now the full beauty of the burger in all its forms is explored in Hamburger, a debut title in Reaktion Booksand#8217; new Edible series.
Andrew F. Smith traces the trajectory of hamburger history, from its humble beginnings as a nineteenth-century street food sold by American vendors, from which it soon spread to the menus of diners and restaurants. The sandwich came into its own with the 1921 opening of the first hamburger chain, White Castle, and subsequent successful food chains such as McDonaldand#8217;s and Wendyand#8217;s ensured the burgerand#8217;s success in the United States and around the world. The hamburger irrevocably changed American life, Smith argues, as the sandwich propelled the rise of fast food over home-cooked meals in Americansand#8217; eating habits. At the same time, burgers were making inroads in American culture, as well as becoming a rich symbol in paintings, television, and movies. Smith also discusses the darker nutritional, economic, and cultural conflicts raised by the hamburger, such as the and#8220;McDonaldizationand#8221; of international cultures.
A juicy and richly illustrated read, Hamburger will stimulate the taste buds of carnivores the world over.
Are you hungry yet? Readers will be after reading these witty and informative histories of the hamburger and pizza. With illustrations throughout, two icons of American food never looked so tempting and tasty.
About the Author
Andrew F. Smith is a hamburger aficionado who teaches culinary history at the New School in New York.and#160; He is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food and edited The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.
Table of Contents
1and#160; Humble Hamburger Beginnings
2and#160; The Hamburger Chain
3and#160; The McDonald's Machine
4and#160; McDonald Clones
5and#160; The Hamburger Experience
6and#160; The Global Burger
7and#160; Hamburgers Today and Tomorrow
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