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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

October 24, 2017

Andrew F. Smith moderates
Remembering Judith Jones, Culinary Luminary

During the last 60 years, no cookbook editor has influenced American culinary life more than did Judith Jones (1924-2017). In her 57 years at Alfred A. Knopf, she launched the careers of many major food writers, beginning with Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Madhur Jaffrey. Almost 50 years ago she introduced the British scholar-writer Claudia Roden to American audiences. In 1976 she inaugurated an era of serious investigation into African American cooking with Edna Lewis’s The Taste of Country Cooking. She created the ambitious series Knopf Cooks American, which surveyed traditions ranging from Southern baking (Bill Neal’s Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie) to the Italian-American kitchens of Rhode Island (Nancy Verde Barr’s We Called It Macaroni). She made Lidia Bastianich a household name, and gave cooks an enlarged understanding of American and worldwide Jewish cuisine through her many editor-writer partnerships with Joan Nathan.

Panelists include Joan Nathan, author of King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World (2017); Ray Sokolov, author of Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food (2013); Laura Shapiro, author of What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories (2017); Anne Mendelson, author of Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages (2008); Madhur Jaffrey, author of Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking (2015); and Bronwyn Dunne, Judith Jones’s step-daughter. Moderated by New School Food Studies faculty member Andrew F. Smith. Sponsored by the Food Studies and the Creative Writing programs at the New School for Public Engagement, in cooperation with the James Beard Foundation, the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, the Museum of Food and Drink, and the Institute of Culinary Education.

New School
6-8:00 PM

For registration

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