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Culinary ephemera [electronic resource] : an illustrated history /
William Woys Weaver.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
description
xiii, 299 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0520259777 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520259775 (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
isbn
0520259777 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520259775 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11947780
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-289) and index.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
IACP Crystal Whisk Awards , USA, 2011 : Won
Excerpts
Flap Copy
"William Woys Weaver's personal collection of food-and-drink ephemera is a marvel of culinary Americana, and we have the chance here to visit it with Weaver himself as our guide. It's impossible to stop turning the pages of this dazzling book. Few works in any genre have captured so precisely and memorably the interplay of food, design, technology, business and popular culture. Food-lovers, professional and otherwise, will find that every one of these provocative images inspires new questions, fresh ideas and enormous delight."--Laura Shapiro, author of Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century "This wonderful new book is not to be missed by collectors, gourmets, or anyone nostalgic for the dishes grandma used to make!" --Arthur H. Groten, President of the Ephemera Society of America, www.ephemerasociety.org
Flap Copy
"William Woys Weaver's personal collection of food-and-drink ephemera is a marvel of culinary Americana, and we have the chance here to visit it with Weaver himself as our guide. It's impossible to stop turning the pages of this dazzling book. Few works in any genre have captured so precisely and memorably the interplay of food, design, technology, business and popular culture. Food-lovers, professional and otherwise, will find that every one of these provocative images inspires new questions, fresh ideas and enormous delight."--Laura Shapiro, author ofPerfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century "This wonderful new book is not to be missed by collectors, gourmets, or anyone nostalgic for the dishes grandma used to make!" --Arthur H. Groten, President of the Ephemera Society of America, www.ephemerasociety.org
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-11-19:
Weaver (director, Keystone Ctr. for the Study of Regional Foods & Food Tourism), a veteran voice on culinary Americana who has penned 14 books including two Julia Child Award winners (Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking), presents an unsurpassed chronicle of a portion of American culinary history through paper collectibles. Gorgeous full-color representations of each piece give readers VIP access to the best of Weaver's personal collection. His materials include the obvious wrappers, menus, and almanacs of yore but also surprises like sheet music and valentines. Fascinating examples from Prohibition demonstrate its colossal impact on American society, from public service announcements on paper fans warning of the dangers of moonshine to the genesis of baking soda biscuit recipes. What makes this book special is Weaver's careful, engaging contextualization of each piece, giving the reader a comprehensive understanding of how the ephemera fit into everyday life. Verdict Highly recommended. This book has extremely broad appeal and will entice anyone interested in antiques and collectibles, American history, advertising, or vintage cookery.-Carolyn M. Schwartz, Westfield State Univ. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An unsurpassed chronicle of a portion of American culinary history through paper collectibles.. . . Giving the reader a comprehensive understanding of how the ephemera fit into everyday life."-- Library Journal
"Every page has at least two or three stories you'll want to repeat over a good meal."-- John Mariani's Virtual Gourmet
" The 352 color plates, accompanied by informed, diverting text [tell] us much about who we've been as well as what we've eaten . . . and drunk."-- Wall Street Journal
" The 352 color plates, accompanied by informed, diverting text [tell] us much about who we've been as well as what we've eaten . . . and drunk."--Wall Street Journal
"The artwork . . . . is a wonder to behold, filled with colorful examples of culinary imagination. The text is as fascinating as the pictures."-- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What makes this book special is Weaver's careful, engaging contextualization of each piece, giving the reader a comprehensive understanding of how the ephemera fit into everyday life." STARRED REVIEW-- Library Journal
"A food lover's print version of the Antiques Roadshow. . . Perfect for the foodie collector and history buff."-- Epicurious.com
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Library Journal, November 2010
Washington Post, November 2010
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Summaries
Main Description
This extraordinary collection, a trove of enchanting designs, appealing colors, and forgotten motifs that stir the imagination, features an unprecedented assortment of ephemera, or paper collectibles, related to food. It includes images of postcards, match covers, menus, labels, posters, brochures, valentines, packaging, advertisements, and other materials from nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. Internationally acclaimed food historian William Woys Weaver takes us on a lively tour through this dazzling collection in which each piece tells a new story about food and the past. Packed with fascinating history, the volume is the first serious attempt to organize culinary ephemera into categories, making it useful for food lovers, collectors, designers, and curators alike. Much more than a catalog,Culinary Ephemerafollows this paper trail to broader themes in American social history such as diet and health, alcoholic beverages, and Americans abroad. It is a collection that, as Weaver notes, will "transport us into the vicarious worlds of dinners past, brushing elbows with the reality of another time, another place, another human condition."
Bowker Data Service Summary
This collection, a trove of enchanting designs, appealing colours, and forgotten motifs that stir the imagination, features an unprecedented assortment of ephemera, or paper collectibles, related to food.
Main Description
"Weaver's personal collection of food-and-drink ephemera is a marvel of culinary Americana. Few works have captured so precisely and memorably the interplay of food, design, technology, business and popular culture."--Laura Shapiro, author of "Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century"

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