Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century (Paperback)Helen Zoe Veit (author)
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Veit weaves together cultural history and the history of science to bring readers into the strange and complex world of the American Progressive Era. The era's emphasis on science and self-control left a profound mark on American eating, one that remains today in everything from the ubiquity of science-based dietary advice to the tenacious idealization of thinness.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Proof that food history is a serious academic discipline that can stand alone or interweave with women's studies, ethnic studies, sociology, economics, or health sciences. Highly recommended. All academic and large public library collections.--Choice
It's not surprising to learn that food is tangled with perceptions of race, class, health, and patriotism. What is surprising is that Helen Zoe Veit has found the source of our current perceptions in the turn-of-the-century Progressive era.--Appetite for Books
Reveals many of the surprising ways in which changing food practices influenced the broader culture. . . . Full of fascinating history.--Hedgehog Review
A valuable contribution to the discipline of food studies and stylistically accessible to nonacademic readers.--Journal of American History
Veit succeeds in illuminating the changes in Americans' relationship with food in the early twentieth century and also provides the foundation for further inquiry on the topic.--H-Net
Original and sharp. Grounded in a rich documentary record and gracefully written, the book provides skillful interpretation and is enjoyable to read.--Journal of Southern History
Will encourage a new direction in the discourse of food, modernism, acculturation and progressive reform.--Journal of Social History
[Makes] important--and distinct--contributions to both American studies and food studies.--Journal of American Studies
Veit has delved deeply into the archives on this topic, emerging with one of the best works of its kind. It may well be the 'crossover' book that many food scholars have tried to write for the last few years.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Ambitious and thought-provoking.--Isis
Brings together a lively primary source base with astute argumentation to create a compelling, important contribution to the study of food, health, and modernization in America.--Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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