White bread : A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf. / Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
- ISBN: 9780807044681 (electronic bk)
- Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2012.
What can the history of America's one-hundred-year love-hate relationship with sliced white bread tell us about contemporary efforts to change the way we eat? Fluffy industrial loaves are about as far from slow, local, and organic as you can get, but the story of social reformers, food experts, and diet gurus who believed that getting people to eat certain food could restore the nation's decaying physical, moral, and social fabric will sound very familiar. White Bread teaches us that when Americans debate what one should eat, they are also wrestling with larger questions of race, class, immigration, and gender. As Bobrow-Strain traces the story of bread, from the first factory loaf to the latest gourmet pain au levain, he shows how efforts to champion "good food" reflect dreams of a better society--even as they reinforce stark social hierarchies.In the early twentieth century, the factory-baked loaf heralded a new future, a world away from the hot, dusty, "dirty"...
Electronic reproduction. New York : Beacon Press, 2012. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 522 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB).
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