Distant Tables: Food and the Novel in Early America

  title={Distant Tables: Food and the Novel in Early America},
  author={Mark McWilliams},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  pages={365 - 393}
After the Revolution, some citizens of the new United States were worried about what to eat. What would be proper food for a new republic? With old English ways now tainted by association with monarchy and new French alternatives already marked by continental decadence, foodways became part of a larger debate between luxury and virtue. In the end, rather than change eating habits shaped through years of adapting local ingredients to British tastes, Americans sought to redescribe them, to claim… 

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