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The Resource Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon, Cindy Ott

Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon, Cindy Ott

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Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon
Title
Pumpkin
Title remainder
the curious history of an American icon
Statement of responsibility
Cindy Ott
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? While most people around the world eat pumpkin throughout the year, North Americans reserve it for holiday pies and other desserts that celebrate the harvest season and the rural past. They decorate their houses with pumpkins every autumn and welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters with elaborately carved jack-o'-lanterns. Towns hold annual pumpkin festivals featuring giant pumpkins and carving contests, even though few have any historic ties to the crop. In this fascinating cultural and natural history, Cindy Ott tells the story of the pumpkin. Beginning with the myth of the first Thanksgiving, she shows how Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfull their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and, ironically, how small farms and rural communities have been revitalized in the process. And while the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep meanings hidden in common things and their power to make profound changes in the world around us. Cindy Ott is assistant professor of American Studies at Saint Louis University."From the symbolism of pumpkins in classical and medieval mythology, to locavores and harvest festivals, Ott's paean to pumpkins is important, entertaining, and enlightening."--Warren Belasco, author of Food, the Key Concepts"An original, carefully researched, engagingly written, even playful and witty foray into the exploding field of food history by an up-and-coming star in the field. How appropriate that so delightful a vegetable has an equally delightful book to pay it tribute."--the Foreword by William Cronon"--
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Ott, Cindy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Weyerhaeuser environmental books
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  • Pumpkin
  • Cooking (Pumpkin)
  • Pumpkin growers
  • COOKING
  • COOKING
  • HISTORY
  • COOKING
  • COOKING
  • COOKING
  • COOKING
  • Cooking (Pumpkin)
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin growers
  • United States
  • COOKING / History
Label
Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon, Cindy Ott
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Foreword: Not by Bread Alone, by William Cronon; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Corn, Beans, and Just Another Squash, 10,000 BCE to 1600; 2. "The Times Wherein Old Pompion Was a Saint" From Pumpkin Beer to Pumpkin Pie, 1600 to 1799; 3. Thoreau Sits on a Pumpkin The Making of a Rural New England Icon, 1800 to 1860; 4. "Wonderfully Grand and Colossal" -- The Pumpkin and the Nation, 1861 to 1899; 5. Jack-o'-Lantern Smiles -- Americans Celebrate the Fall Harvest with Pumpkins, 1900 to 1945; 6. Atlantic Giants to Jack-Be-Littles -- The Changing Nature of Pumpkins, 1946 to the Present
  • 7. Pulling Up a Pig Sty to Put in a Pumpkin Patch -- The Changing Nature of American Rural Economies, 1946 to the PresentNotes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
ocn988442149
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 323 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295804446
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvct983w
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)988442149
Label
Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon, Cindy Ott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Foreword: Not by Bread Alone, by William Cronon; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Corn, Beans, and Just Another Squash, 10,000 BCE to 1600; 2. "The Times Wherein Old Pompion Was a Saint" From Pumpkin Beer to Pumpkin Pie, 1600 to 1799; 3. Thoreau Sits on a Pumpkin The Making of a Rural New England Icon, 1800 to 1860; 4. "Wonderfully Grand and Colossal" -- The Pumpkin and the Nation, 1861 to 1899; 5. Jack-o'-Lantern Smiles -- Americans Celebrate the Fall Harvest with Pumpkins, 1900 to 1945; 6. Atlantic Giants to Jack-Be-Littles -- The Changing Nature of Pumpkins, 1946 to the Present
  • 7. Pulling Up a Pig Sty to Put in a Pumpkin Patch -- The Changing Nature of American Rural Economies, 1946 to the PresentNotes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
ocn988442149
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 323 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295804446
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvct983w
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)988442149

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