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Peanuts : the illustrious history of the goober pea
Smith, Andrew F., 1946-
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Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xx, 234 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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TX803.P35 S65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A culinary history of the protein-laden legume follows the peanut's rise from a lowly, messy snack food to its place in haute cuisine and on candy racks across America, and highlights the peanut's pioneers, economic influences, and role in health trends.

Author Notes

Andrew F. Smith, president of the American Forum for Global Education in New York City, teaches culinary history at the New School University. He is the author of The Tomato in America and many other books. 

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As a favorite snack food, peanuts have had a much stronger influence on human history than many realize. Smith (culinary history, New School) chronicles the history of peanut consumption from the plant's discovery in South America to its evolution as a snack food and delicacy in the 20th century. As a long storing, nutritious staple, peanuts have been an ideal food for mariners, soldiers, and slaves. Exclusively a culinary history, this book provides information on peanuts as a snack food, the creation and marketing of peanut butter, George Washington Carver's and Harvey Kellogg's influence on the wide distribution and variety of peanut products, and the history of businesses and brands such as Planters, Beech-Nut, and Peter Pan. More than 40 pages of historical peanut recipes are included. Three areas not adequately detailed are information on agronomic practices, nutrition, and health. Enjoyable and full of facts on this significant and versatile food, the book comprehensively details the importance of peanuts as a food source and makes an important contribution to the field. All levels. K. Fescemyer Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus