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San Francisco - (Big City Food Biographies) by Erica J Peters (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 227

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Agriculture & Food

Series Title: Big City Food Biographies

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Altamira Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Erica J Peters

Language: English

TCIN: 78127531
UPC: 9780759121515
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-7179


In this book, the second in the 'Big City Food Biographies' series (see also New Orleans: A Food Biography by Elizabeth Williams, CH, Aug'13, 50-6732), Peters (Culinary Historians of Northern California) celebrates the history of San Francisco as a culinary destination. Chapters include 'The Material Resources, ' 'Native American Foodways, ' 'Immigrants and Ethnic Neighborhoods, ' 'Food Markets and Retailing, ' 'Famous Restaurants, ' 'San Francisco Cookbooks, ' and 'Signature Dishes.' The food of San Francisco comes alive through visitors' journal entries, menus, recipes, and photographs, as well as an accessible historical narrative. The largest chapter, which focuses on the immigrant contributions to San Franciscan cuisine, is most impressive. Peters leaves no stone unturned in that chapter; she even includes a section on the rise of the gay neighborhood in San Francisco and its well-known restaurants and bars. Anyone who has visited San Francisco or who currently lives there will be impressed by this well-researched, comprehensive survey of this city's culinary history in such a small book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduate, general, and professional culinary collections and California history collections.--CHOICE
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