• The American Plate

  • A Culinary History in 100 Bites
  • By: Libby H. O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (11 ratings)

Regular price: $27.99

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Publisher's Summary

For generations, people have proudly defined themselves and their values through their national cuisine. But American food, like its history, is a world of its own. This enticingly fresh audiobook introduces modern listeners to lost American food traditions and leads them on a tantalizing culinary journey through the evolution of our vibrant cuisine and culture. Covering a hundred different foods from the Native American-era through today and featuring over a dozen recipes and photos, this fascinating history of American food will delight history buffs and food lovers alike.
©2014 Libby H. O’Connell (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The American Plate is an engagingly readable history of American food." (Bee Wilson, author of Consider the For)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 12-18-14

Interesting material that the narrator dumbs down

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. Once.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jefferson and his adventurous palate

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator used a generally chirpy tone I associate with many elementary school teachers. That's fine if you are a third grader, but I felt spoken down too. The author seemed bent on making the material really interesting--for children--rather than letting the material stand on its own.

Could you see The American Plate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A TV series, yes. Food is a great vehicle for teaching history. How about a series hosted by Rachel Ray and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Any additional comments?

Given a choice between the print version and the audio version of this book--take the print. Hands down.

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