companion book to Andrew F. Smith's critically acclaimed and popular Eating
History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine,
this volume recounts the individuals, ingredients, corporations,
controversies, and myriad events responsible for America's diverse and
complex beverage scene. He revisits the country's major historical
moments: colonization, the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion,
the temperance movement, Prohibition, and repeal, and he tracks the
growth of the American beverage industry throughout the world. The
result is an intoxicating encounter with an often overlooked aspect of
American culture and global influence.
alcoholic or nonalcoholic, carbonated or caffeinated, warm or frozen,
watery or thick, spicy or plain -- Americans have invented, adopted,
modified, and commercialized tens of thousands of beverages.
These include uncommon cocktails, varieties of coffee and milk, and
such iconic creations as Welch's grape juice, Coca-Cola, root beer, and
Kool-Aid. Involved in their creation and promotion were entrepreneurs
and environmentalists, bartenders and bottlers, politicians and
lobbyists, organized and unorganized criminals, teetotalers and drunks,
German and Italian immigrants, savvy advertisers and gullible
consumers, prohibitionists and medical professionals, and everyday
Americans in love with their brew.
Smith weaves a wild history full of surprising stories and explanations
for such classic slogans as "taxation with and without representation;"
"the lips that touch wine will never touch mine;" and "rum, Romanism,
and rebellion." He reintroduces readers to Samuel Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, George Washington, and the colorful John Chapman (Johnny
Appleseed), and he rediscovers America's vast literary and cultural
engagement with beverages and their relationship to politics, identity,
Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages
by Andrew F. Smith
University Press, 2012
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