For generations, people have proudly defined themselves and their values through their national cuisine. But American food, like its history, is a world of its own. This enticingly fresh audiobook introduces modern listeners to lost American food traditions and leads them on a tantalizing culinary journey through the evolution of our vibrant cuisine and culture. Covering a hundred different foods from the Native American-era through today and featuring over a dozen recipes and photos, this fascinating history of American food will delight history buffs and food lovers alike.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jefferson and his adventurous palate
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator used a generally chirpy tone I associate with many elementary school teachers. That's fine if you are a third grader, but I felt spoken down too. The author seemed bent on making the material really interesting--for children--rather than letting the material stand on its own.
Could you see The American Plate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
A TV series, yes. Food is a great vehicle for teaching history. How about a series hosted by Rachel Ray and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Any additional comments?
Given a choice between the print version and the audio version of this book--take the print. Hands down.
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