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Savoring Gotham

Savoring Gotham
A Food Lover's Companion to
New York City

Andrew F. Smith

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Fast Food

Fast Food
A Global Perspective

Andrew F. Smith

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New York City A Food Biography

New York City
A Food Biography

Andrew F. Smith
Lanham, MD
AltaMira Press, 2013

New York City
A Food Biography
is featured in
The New York Post

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Food in America

Andrew F. Smith

Food in America
3 volumes:
1) Food and the Environment
2) Food, Health and Nutrition
3) Food and the Economy

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Sugar: A Global History

Andrew F. Smith

Sugar:

It’s no surprise that sugar has been on our minds for several millenia. First cultivated in New Guinea around 8,000 B.C.E., this addictive sweetener has since come to dominate our appetites-whether in candy, desserts, soft drinks, or even pasta sauces-for better and for worse. In this book, Andrew F. Smith offers a fascinating history of this simultaneously beloved and reviled ingredient, holding its incredible value as a global commodity up against its darker legacies of slavery and widespread obesity.

As Smith demonstrates, sugar’s past is chock-full of determined adventurers: relentless sugar barons and plantation owners who worked alongside plant breeders, food processors, distributors, and politicians to build a business based on our cravings. Exploring both the sugarcane and sugar beet industries, he tells story after story of those who have made fortunes and those who have met demise all because of sugar’s simple but profound hold on our palettes. Delightful and surprisingly action-packed, this book offers a layered and definitive tale of sugar and the many people who have been caught in its spell-from barons to slaves, from chefs to the countless among us born with that insatiable devil, the sweet tooth.

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Upcoming Appearances

June 7, 2018

The Legacy of Paul Bocuse, Culinary Luminary

Paul Bocuse (1926-2018), the globetrotting French chef and restaurateur, was one of the first celebrity chefs. Born into a family of cooks that dated to the 1700s, he converted his family’s bistro into one of the world’s most venerated restaurants, L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, which held a Michelin three-star rating for more than half a century. He helped popularize Nouvelle Cuisine in the 1970s and appeared internationally on many TV cooking shows. He wrote best-selling cookbooks, including La Cuisine du marché (1976), La Journée du cuisinier (1980), and Toute la cuisine de Paul Bocuse (2011). Bocuse was not without critics: he was a relentless self-promoter (often referring to himself in the third person), and he routinely diminished a woman’s role in the kitchen.

Panelists include Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, The James Beard Foundation, Paul Freedman, the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University; Ray Sokolov, author of Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food (2013); and Anne E. McBride, Program Director, Worlds of Flavor at The Culinary Institute of America, and co-author of Les Petits Sweets (2016). Moderated by Andrew F. Smith, Food Studies program, New School. Sponsored by the New School Food Studies Program in association with the James Beard Foundation.

Theresa Lang Center, 55 W. 13th St., New York,
Second Floor
6-8 PM

No Fee, but registration is required

IN THE NEWS
NYT
Best Eating in
New York?
A Food Historian Has Some Advice
Andrew F. Smith offers advice
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New York Times article

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McDonalds
How Fast Food Shaped America(ns)
An interview with
Andrew F. Smith

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McDonalds
McDonaldization and the Future of Fast Food
An interview with
Andrew F. Smith

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How New Yorkers
Celebrated New Year‘s
Before the Ball Drop

by Andrew F. Smith
Edible Manhattan
December 31, 2015
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The Christmas Conspiracy
(or How New Yorkers Created Santa Claus),
by Andrew F. Smith
Edible Manhattan
December 22, 2015
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Savoring Gotham: Celebrating the Making of the
Definitive Companion to
New York City’s Food,
edited by Andrew F. Smith
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Foodies celebrate
Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to
New York City
,
edited by Andrew F. Smith
examiner
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Celebrating
Savoring Gotham:
A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City
,
edited by Andrew F. Smith
Savoring Gotham
Read about the book launch:
To Savor Gotham: Book Launch
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8 Things We Learned About NYC's Culinary Life From One Big Book
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Andrew F. Smith tells
A True History of Sugar


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A Taste of Peanut Butter History with Andrew Smith

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Peanut Butter:
The Vegetarian Conspiracy

by Andrew F. Smith
Peanut Butter:
The Vegetarian Conspiracy

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Andrew F. Smith talks Turkey

Andrew F. Smith talks turkey

Listen to his Heritage Radio interview:
Turkey, An American Story
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Andrew F. Smith talks Tuna
Read A Fish Tale in
LMU Magazine
Andrew F. Smith talks tuna
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Andrew Smith talks about American Tuna:
Its Rise and Fall
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Andrew F. Smith
The Founding of the Food Network:
A 20 Year Retrospective
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Andrew F. Smith talks about
Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine
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Culinary Luminaries:
Edna Lewis

Moderated by Andrew F. Smith
FEATURED ARTICLES
Thanksgiving Parade
N.Y.’s place in Thanksgiving lore:
How Gotham is as central to our modern conception of the holiday as New England
by Andrew F. Smith Read the Daily News article

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Shake Shack
Shake Shack’s Rise and Fast Food’s Fall
by Andrew F. Smith Read the Daily News article

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Peanut Butter:
The Vegetarian Conspiracy

by Andrew F. Smith Peanut Butter:
The Vegetarian Conspiracy

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Kitchens through the Ages
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise: A History
by Andrew F. Smith Hellmann’s Mayonnaise: A History PDF

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Kitchens through the Ages
Kitchens through the Ages
by Andrew F. Smith Read it on Gourmet Live

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Birdseye:
The Adventures of a Curious Man

by Andrew F. Smith

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The Noble Experiment in
New York

by Andrew F. Smith

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The Pecan: A Culinary History
by Andrew F. Smith

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Did Hunger Defeat the Confederacy?
by Andrew F. Smith

Did Hunger Defeat the Confederacy PDF

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Chipping Away at British and American English
by Andrew F. Smith

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Historical Virtues of the Walnut
by Andrew F. Smith

Virtues of the Walnut PDF