Using dietary information and other pertinent facts, the author assesses the nutritional status of Americans during each historical period. Special emphasis is given to American dietary patterns from the landfall of Columbus to the colonial period, the revolutionary period, the New Republic, and the 20th century. Four categories of American food are identified and analyzed: mainstream cuisine, regional cooking, regional phenomena (including ethnic foods), and Pop foods. The overview concludes with the finding that, despite delightful differences, there are striking similarities in food habits across time and cultures. By providing increased insights and understanding of contemporary American eating patterns, this book will be a substantive addition to existing texts.
Elaine N. McIntosh, PhD, RD, is Professor Emerita of Human Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She is the coauthor with Elizabeth Green of On Your Own in the Kitchen (1985), a cooking guide for nonreaders based on sound nutritional principles. She has contributed chapters to internationally published books and government publications in addition to numerous articles in reputable scientific journals of all kinds since 1954. She has been a long-time nutritional and health writer for Newmonth.
Preface Humans, Nutrition, and Survival The Search for Food Early Dietary Patterns Dietary Patterns from Columbian Times through the American Revolution American Food Habits: The New Republic through the 19th Century American Food Habits: The Twentieth Century Understanding Food Habits Food and Ideology American Food: A Characterization The American Diet: An Assessment and Prognosis Bibliography Index