Creamy & crunchy : an informal history of peanut butter, the all-American food
—Krampner, Jon, 1952-
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2013
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"Creamy and Crunchy feature stories of Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan; the plight of black peanut farmers; the resurgence of natural or old-fashioned peanut butter; the reasons why Americans like peanut butter better than (almost) anyone else; the five ways that today's product is different from the original; the role of peanut butter in fighting Third World hunger; and the Salmonella outbreaks of 2007 and 2009, which threatened peanut butter's sacred place in the American cupboard. To a surprising extent, the story of peanut butter is the story of twentieth-century America, and Jon Krampner writes its first popular history, rich with anecdotes and facts culled from interviews, research, travels in the peanut-growing regions of the South, personal stories, and recipes."--Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Series:
Arts and traditions of the table.
Subjects:
Peanut butter -- United States -- History.
ISBN:
9780231162326 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231162326
0231162324 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231162324
Publisher, Date:
New York : Columbia University Press, c2013.
Description:
xv, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Other Title:
Peanut butter, the all-American food.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-282) and index.
Contents:
Peanuts
The social rise of the peanut
The birth of peanut butter
Peter Pan : "improved by hydrogenation"
How Peter Pan lost its groove
Skippy : "he made his first jar of peanut butter in his garage"
Skippy on top
Jif : "but is it still peanut butter?"
"Choosy moms choose..."
Peanut butter goes international
The music of peanut butter
Deaf Smith : what's old-fashioned is new again
The rise and fall of the florunner
The peanut butter crisis of 1980
"You mean it's not good for me?"
The short, happy life of Sorrells Pickard
Peanut Corporation of America : "there was no red flag"
Peanut butter saves the world
Where are the peanut butters of yesteryear?
Appendix 1: Author's recommendations
Appendix 2: Peanut butter time line.
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