Food and Nations

A Rich and Fertile Land: A History of Food in America
Bruce Kraig


Hardback | Oct 2017 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780238531 | 304pp | 234x156mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$62.99, NZD$79.99


 

A Rich and Fertile Land investigates the history of food in America, describing where it comes from and how it has changed over time. Bruce Kraig also shows how food has shaped the North American continent and climate through crops, harvesting, and animals. The small ears of corn grown on the land by Native Americans have become row upon row of cornflakes on supermarket shelves. The immense seas of grass and the animals that they supported are now big farms with regular rows of soybeans, corn and wheat that feed the world. But how did this happen and why? A Rich and Fertile Land investigates the history of food in America, where it comes from and how it has changed over time. From the first Native Americans to modern industrial farmers, people have shaped the North American continent and its climate based on the foods they wanted and the crops and animals they raised. Bruce Kraig looks at the food people have served up from their kitchens or eaten in public dining places throughout American history, as well as considering the impact of technical innovation and industrialization on the creation of modern American food systems. Drawing upon the latest evidence from the fields of science, archaeology and technology, this is a unique and valuable history of the diverse and plentiful food of the United States.