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Smithsonian American Table

The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us

Smithsonian Institution


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From the Smithsonian Institution, the real story of the American table in a collection of snapshots, stories, and recipes from the pre-colonial era through today, including the people and events that have often been left out

In this exploration of the American table, the Smithsonian Institution presents a fresh look at what and how we've fed ourselves, for sustenance and for pleasure, through the lens of location, immigration, ingenuity, innovation, and culture. With an emphasis on the people, events, and movements that have been left out of the dominant story, this inclusive, enlightening, and entertaining collection uncovers a real look at American food, from the story of a barrier-breaking Black female chef in Jim Crow–era New Orleans, to the technology behind a French fry that stays crispy for up to 60 minutes. 

Mariner Books, 9780358008668, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2023

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The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson according to his wishes "under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Since its founding, the Smithsonian has become the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, with nineteen museums, the National Zoo, and nine research facilities.