Many of the foods we eat every day are unique to the regions of the United States in which we live. New Englanders enjoy coffee milk and whoopie pies, while Mid-Westerners indulge in deep dish pizza and Cincinnati chili. Some dishes popular in one region may even be unheard of in another region. This fascinating encyclopedia examines over 100 foods that are unique to the United States as well as dishes found only in specific American regions and individual states.
Written by an established food scholar, We Eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Bizarre and Strange Foods in the United States covers unusual regional foods and dishes such as hoppin’ Johns, hush puppies, shoofly pie, and turducken. Readers will get the inside scoop on each food’s origins and history, details on how each food is prepared and eaten, and insights into why and how each food is celebrated in American culture. In addition, readers can follow the recipes in the book’s recipe appendix to test out some of the dishes for themselves. Appropriate for lay readers as well as high school students and undergraduates, this work is engagingly written and can be used to learn more about United States geography.
- Includes dozens of recipes that students and readers can test for themselves
- Highlights and thus preserves the cultural integrity of endangered regional foods
- Supports learning through engagingly written entries accessible to readers of all ages
- Allows readers to think critically about foods and their origins
- Highlights "fun facts" about the entries, including terminology and laws, in sidebars