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Savoring Gotham

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

Andrew F. Smith

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A Global Perspective

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New York City A Food Biography

New York City
A Food Biography

Andrew F. Smith
Lanham, MD
AltaMira Press, 2013

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A Food Biography
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Mexican Cooking: The Flavor of the 20th Century

Mexican Cooking:
The Flavor of the 20th Century
That Real Mexican Tang

Gebhardt Chili Powder Company
San Antonio, Texas: Gebhardt Chili Powder Company, [pre-1910]. Reprint. Introduction by Andrew F. Smith. Bedford, Mass.: Applewood Books, 2005.

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Originally published in 1908 by the Gebhardt Chili Powder Company, this cookbook collected for the first time in the U.S. recipes that went on to define Mexican food for generations. It includes mouthwatering preparations for chicken, cheese, egg, fish, game and oysters as well as chilis, enchiladas, tamales, envueltos and more.

The Gebhardt Chili Powder Company was founded in 1896 in San Antonio, Texas by Willie Gebhardt. It is now a part of Conagra, Inc.

The Gebhardt Chili Powder Company was founded by William Gebhardt, a German, who migrated about 1885 to New Braunfels, Texas. Gebhardt opened a cafe, which served chilis imported from Mexico. To preserve them, he dried and crushed them into powder. He began bottling his powder, and in 1890, he opened a factory to San Antonio. Six years later he trademarked the name “Gebhardt’s Eagle Brand Chili Powder.” The powder became an important ingredient to such an extent that recipes in Texas cookbooks specifically recommended its use. When Gebhardt began marketing chili powder to a wider audience beyond Texas, he ran into a very serious problem-consumers not familiar with Tex-Mex cookery had little idea what to do with it. To help cooks understand Tex-Mex cookery, Gebhardt produced a small 32-page cookery pamphlet. This cookbooklet was originally published about 1908. As such, it was the first English-language booklet published in the United States that focused on Mexican-American cookery. It proved so successful that new editions of it were regularly published through the 1950s. In 1911, Gebhardt sold his company to his brothers-in-law, who expanded their product line to include beans and tamales. During the 1920s, they introduced to the tourist trade Gebhardt’s Original Mexican Dinner Package, consisting of cans of chili con carne, Mexican Style Beans, shuck-wrapped Tamales, Deviled Chili Meat, and a bottle of Chili Powder-all for one dollar. By the 1930s, Gebhardt products were sold throughout the United States and Mexico. The company survived until 1960 when it was purchased by Beatrice Foods, which in turn was acquired by ConAgra in 1990.

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Hellmann’s Mayonnaise: A History
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The Noble Experiment in
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The Pecan: A Culinary History
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