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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

April 29, 2017

Repurposing Food Waste

Food waste reduction at each link of the food chain needs to go hand in hand with approaches and technologies to find new uses for what would be otherwise thrown away, from ugly vegetables to the by-products of food production. Scientists, chefs, designers, and consumers can all contribute to finding creative ways to implement a truly circular economy in the food system.
Panelists: Jilly Stevens, Jehangir Mehta, Doug Rauch, Eva Louise Goulbourne
Moderator: Andrew F. Smith

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street,
New York, NY
For more information about the Zero Food Waste Conference

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June 1, 2017

Making Sense of Food Waste

During the past decade, no culinary topic has energized more people around the world than has food waste. Corporate executives, environmentalists, governmental leaders, hunger organization leaders, foundations executives, educators and foodies have all jumped on the food waste bandwagon. New projects, programs, campaigns, laws and apps intended to help distribute edible food discarded or unused to food rescue operations. Local, national and international governmental bodies have issued food waste directives, passed laws, funded projects, supported public relations campaigns, and announced future waste reduction goals. For-profit and non-profit startups have been launched to decrease or profit from food waste. Equipment manufacturers have marketed new and improved products from home garbage disposal units to massive biogas plants. Despite rapid progress, questions remain. Will these efforts help control climate change? Will they help solve hunger and malnutrition? Why has food waste become so popular? What’s the next steps on food waste?

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue,
New York
6:30 PM

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June 10, 2017

Food Waste: A History

Virtually every religion forbids the wasting of food, and minimizing food waste is a value built into the culture of many families and communities. This ethos of food conservation began to recede during the nineteenth century, as families began to spend a smaller proportion of their income on food. Food waste did become crucial during periods of food shortages and rationing, such as the First World War (1914–1918), and the Second World War (1939–1945). Concern with food waste and food loss increased during the post-war period when it was estimated that 30 to 40 percent of the food produced for human consumption was uneaten and most ended up in landfills. During the past decade, no culinary topic has energized more people around the world than has food waste. This session will trace the history of food waste and offer reasons why food waste has become such an important topic today

Culinary Historians of Southern California
Los Angeles Central Library, CHSC
Mark Taper Auditorium
Los Angeles Central Library
30 W 5th St (at S Flower St)
Los Angeles, CA
10 AM

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June 14-17, 2017

The annual meeting and conference of AFHVS/ASFS

Panelist, “Professional Development: What do book publishers want?” scheduled for June 15; Panelist, “Food and the City: Future Directions in Research, Teaching and Advocacy,” scheduled for Friday, June 16; panelist Making Sense of Food Waste,” scheduled for Saturday, June 17; “Migrating Food Cultures: Engaging Pacific Perspectives on Food and Agriculture.”

Hosted at Occidental College

1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles CA

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

Listen to the Innovation Hub interview

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

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Edible Manhattan logo

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

by Andrew F. Smith
Edible Manhattan
December 31, 2015
Read this article.
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The Christmas Conspiracy
(or How New Yorkers Created Santa Claus),
by Andrew F. Smith
Edible Manhattan
December 22, 2015
Read this article.
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Savoring Gotham: Celebrating the Making of the
Definitive Companion to
New York City’s Food,
edited by Andrew F. Smith
Listen to the Heritage Radio Interview
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Foodies celebrate
Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to
New York City
,
edited by Andrew F. Smith
examiner
Read this article.
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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