Spam: A Biography

by Carolyn Wyman

July 31, 1999 | Trade Paperback |

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Over sixty years ago, when meat was bought from a butcher, Jay Hormel''s idea for pork in a can was nothing short of revolutionary. How in the world (and why in the world) did he do it? In nine highly engaging and entertaining chapters, complete with over 200 illustrations and photos, author and Spam-fan Carolyn Wyman traces the unbelievable success story of this one-of-a-kind, all-American, all-pork product, including: Spam''s place in history, its role during World War II, and how Spam saved the Russian army from starvation, the making (yes, the ingredients) and the selling of Spam, from 1937 to today, spamming the Globe: From Zimbabwe to Anguilla, stories of Spam overseas, the infamous Monty Python skit and Spam''s other starring roles and cameos in television, movies, cartoons, and music, delectable recipes like Spam Fritters, Spamtastic Mincemeat Truffles, and the award-winning Spam Cheesecake, Cyber Spam: The best of Spam on the Internet, including poetry from the Spam Haiku Archive. A fascinating portrait of an icon in a can, Spam: A Biography will delight everyone from the culinarily curious and connoisseurs of kitsch to netheads and veterans-and of course, Spam''s true fans: the millions of people who eat America''s "Miracle Meat" for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. SPAM-tistics: (1)Spam is sold in over 45 countries around the world. (2)Over 100 million cans are consumed by 60 million Americans each year, averaging 2.8 cans per second (3)The Spam can is part of the Smithsonian Institution''s permanent collection (4)Over 5 billion cans of Spam have been sold since 1937. (5)Hawaiians are the highest per capita Spam eaters-averaging 4 cans/year per person-followed closely by Alaska, Arkansas, Texas, and Alabama (6)Hormel-sponsored Best of Spam Recipe competitions are held each year at more than 75 state and regional fairs (7)Over 20,000 people attend the Spam Jam in Spamtown, USA, aka Austin, Minnesota, Hormel''s headquarters.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 7.87 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: July 31, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156004771

ISBN - 13: 9780156004770

Found in: Nutrition, Social and Cultural Studies

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Spam: A Biography

Spam: A Biography

by Carolyn Wyman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 7.87 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: July 31, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156004771

ISBN - 13: 9780156004770

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Over sixty years ago, when meat was bought from a butcher, Jay Hormel''s idea for pork in a can was nothing short of revolutionary. How in the world (and why in the world) did he do it? In nine highly engaging and entertaining chapters, complete with over 200 illustrations and photos, author and Spam-fan Carolyn Wyman traces the unbelievable success story of this one-of-a-kind, all-American, all-pork product, including: Spam''s place in history, its role during World War II, and how Spam saved the Russian army from starvation, the making (yes, the ingredients) and the selling of Spam, from 1937 to today, spamming the Globe: From Zimbabwe to Anguilla, stories of Spam overseas, the infamous Monty Python skit and Spam''s other starring roles and cameos in television, movies, cartoons, and music, delectable recipes like Spam Fritters, Spamtastic Mincemeat Truffles, and the award-winning Spam Cheesecake, Cyber Spam: The best of Spam on the Internet, including poetry from the Spam Haiku Archive. A fascinating portrait of an icon in a can, Spam: A Biography will delight everyone from the culinarily curious and connoisseurs of kitsch to netheads and veterans-and of course, Spam''s true fans: the millions of people who eat America''s "Miracle Meat" for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. SPAM-tistics: (1)Spam is sold in over 45 countries around the world. (2)Over 100 million cans are consumed by 60 million Americans each year, averaging 2.8 cans per second (3)The Spam can is part of the Smithsonian Institution''s permanent collection (4)Over 5 billion cans of Spam have been sold since 1937. (5)Hawaiians are the highest per capita Spam eaters-averaging 4 cans/year per person-followed closely by Alaska, Arkansas, Texas, and Alabama (6)Hormel-sponsored Best of Spam Recipe competitions are held each year at more than 75 state and regional fairs (7)Over 20,000 people attend the Spam Jam in Spamtown, USA, aka Austin, Minnesota, Hormel''s headquarters.

About the Author

Carolyn Wyman is the author of Spam: A Biography, I''m a Spam Fan, and The Kitchen Sink Cookbook. She has written for several trade magazines and national publications, such as the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. For over ten years her weekly column, "Supermarket Sampler," a review of new food products syndicated by Universal Press, has appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Wyman lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

From Our Editors

The boss is coming for dinner; you realize that there's not even a loaf of bread in the house. Suddenly the pantry door swings open. A blinding white light emanates from the shelf. A choir of angels sings 'Hallelujah' and glory be, Spam saves the day! In a flash, you're whipping up scrumptious Spam Fritters, Spamtastic Mincemeat Truffles and gorgeous Spam Cheesecake. And it was all so easy with Carolyn Wyman's SPAM: A Biography. Spamble along with Wyman as she presents this legendary lunchmeat's life story, including its role in more than 45 countries worldwide and in feeding soldiers in the Second World War. You've never read anything like this entertaining biography and cookbook...guaranteed!

Editorial Reviews

A main-meal casserole accompanied by baked beans, pineapple, and brown sugar. A foodstuff popularized by military legends. Every conceivable topic related to this spiced ham product is explored: its origins in Austin, Minnesota; history and wartime stories; advertising and promotions; manufacturing; and Spam spoofs and features in the media. Certainly, newspaper food columnist Wyman has done her homework. A hodgepodge of illustrations cries 1940s and 1950s design style, and a mixture of innumerable facts and creative fiction amuses, entertains, and impresses. Could anyone resist the following ditty: "But marital bliss is sure to cease/If I ever ask for ham/And find my eggs are looking up/From a goldarned slice of Spam." More than you ever dreamed--or could consume. Barbara Jacobs
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