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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
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The New York Post

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Fast Food: The Good, Bad and Hungry

Fast Food

By Andrew F. Smith

The single most influential culinary trend of our time is fast food. It has spawned an industry that has changed eating, the most fundamental of human activities. From the first flipping of burgers in tiny shacks in the United States to the forging of neon signs that spell out “Pizza Hut” in Cyrillic or Arabic scripts, the fast food industry has exploded into dominance, becoming one of the leading examples of global corporate success. And with this success it has become one of the largest targets of political criticism, blamed for widespread obesity, cultural erasure, oppressive labor practices, and environmental destruction on massive scales.

In this book, expert culinary historian Andrew F. Smith explores why the fast food industry has been so successful and examines the myriad ethical lines it has crossed to become so. As he shows, fast food—plain and simple—devised a perfect retail model, one that works everywhere, providing highly flavored calories with speed, economy, and convenience. But there is no such thing as a free lunch, they say, and the costs with fast food have been enormous: an assault on proper nutrition, a minimum-wage labor standard, and a powerful pressure on farmers and ranchers to deploy some of the worst agricultural practices in history. As Smith shows, we have long known about these problems, and the fast food industry for nearly all of its existence has been beset with scathing exposés, boycotts, protests, and government interventions, which they have sometimes met with real changes but more often with token gestures, blame-passing, and an unrelenting gauntlet of lawyers and lobbyists.

Fast Food is not a bathroom-scale-driven personal study, nor is it a philosophical plea for traditional foodways. It‘s a look at food as a business, an examination of the industry’s options and those of consumers, and a serious inquiry into what society can do to ameliorate the problems this cheap and tasty product has created.

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NYT
Best Eating in
New York?
A Food Historian Has Some Advice
Andrew F. Smith offers advice
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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