Feast or Famine: Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion

Feast or Famine Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion Feast or Famine is the first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning of the West describing the sustenance of successive generations of western pioneers Drawing on journals of settlers

  • Title: Feast or Famine: Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion
  • Author: Reginald Horsman
  • ISBN: 9780826217899
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Feast or Famine is the first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning of the West, describing the sustenance of successive generations of western pioneers Drawing on journals of settlers and travelers as well as a lifetime of research on the American West Reginald Horsman examines than one hundred years of history, from the first advance of explorers inFeast or Famine is the first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning of the West, describing the sustenance of successive generations of western pioneers Drawing on journals of settlers and travelers as well as a lifetime of research on the American West Reginald Horsman examines than one hundred years of history, from the first advance of explorers into the Mississippi valley to the movement of ranchers and farmers onto the Great Plains, recording not only the components of their diets but food preparation techniques as well Most settlers were able to obtain food beyond the dreams of ordinary Europeans, for whom meat was a luxury Not only were buffalo, deer, and wild turkey there for the taking, pioneers also gathered greens such as purslane, dandelion, and pigweed as well as wild fruits, berries, and nuts They replaced sugar with wild honey or maple syrup, and when they had no tea, they made drinks out of sage, sassafras, and mint Horsman also reveals the willingness of Indians to convey their knowledge of food to newcomers, sharing salmon in the Pacific Northwest, agricultural crops in the arid Southwest.Horsman tells how agricultural expansion and transportation opened a veritable cornucopia and how the development of canning soon made it possible for meals to transcend simple frontier foods, with canned oysters and crystallized eggs in airtight cans on merchants shelves He covers food on different regional frontiers, as well as the cuisines of particular groups such as fur traders, soldiers, miners, and Mormons He also discusses food shortages that resulted from poor preparation, temporary scarcity of game, marginal soil, or simply bad luck At times, as with the ill fated Donner Party, pioneers starved.Engagingly written and meticulously researched, Feast or Famine is a one of a kind look at a subject too long ignored in histories of the West By revealing the spectrum of frontier fare across years and regions, it shows us that the land of opportunity was often a land of plenty.

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    1. A good read on an interesting and forgotten part of the american journey west. What did the pioneers eat on the way and after the journey? most of our history can come down to the search for food and we forget how hard it was for our ancestor's to find enough to eat at times to times of over abundance and waste. I do recommend this book for the food history of our journey west and the growth of America.


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