Cooking Up America
The defining feature of food in the early republic became the elevation of the simple American over the fancy European.
The source: “Cuisine and National Identity in the Early Republic” by James E. McWilliams, in Historically Speaking, May–June, 2006.
The first consumer revolution in America probably occurred around 1730, when the settlers began to make real money and the British began to ship affordable luxuries to the colonies. High on the colonists’ shopping lists were stoves, cooking tools, tables, chairs, and English cookbooks. State-of-the-art...