Culinary Ephemera: An Illustrated History
Culinary Ephemera is a collection of "a vast sea of paper flotsam and jetsam from the past" that yields "an intimate and detailed picture of American culinary history" through the nineteenth-and-twentieth century.
Food historian William Woys Weaver compiled this illustrated look at gastronomic Americana via almanacs, calendars, broadsides, posters, brochures, labels, matchbook covers, menus, postcards, sheet music...just about any piece of paper related to food finds its way into this book. Remember Howdy Doody Ice Cream Bars? Cheese Zits Popcorn? Southern Dew Corn Whiskey? Neither do I, which is what makes the book so interesting. And the stories behind the images are equally fascinating, delving into our nation's social and cultural history.
Author: William Woys Weaver
Design and composition: Claudia Smelser
Published by University of California Press
$39.95 ($28.76 on Amazon)
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