Urban Appetites: Food And Culture In Nineteenth-century New York

Paperback | November 3, 2015

byCindy R. Lobel

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Glossy magazines write about them, celebrities give their names to them, and you’d better believe there’s an app (or ten) committed to finding you the right one. They are New York City restaurants and food shops. And their journey to international notoriety is a captivating one. The now-booming food capital was once a small seaport city, home to a mere six municipal food markets that were stocked by farmers, fishermen, and hunters who lived in the area. By 1890, however, the city’s population had grown to more than one million, and residents could dine in thousands of restaurants with a greater abundance and variety of options than any other place in the United States.

Historians, sociologists, and foodies alike will devour the story of the origins of New York City’s food industry in Urban Appetites. Cindy R. Lobel focuses on the rise of New York as both a metropolis and a food capital, opening a new window onto the intersection of the cultural, social, political, and economic transformations of the nineteenth century. She offers wonderfully detailed accounts of public markets and private food shops; basement restaurants and immigrant diners serving favorites from the old country; cake and coffee shops; and high-end, French-inspired eating houses made for being seen in society as much as for dining.  But as the food and the population became increasingly cosmopolitan, corruption, contamination, and undeniably inequitable conditions escalated. Urban Appetites serves up a complete picture of the evolution of the city, its politics, and its foodways.

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Glossy magazines write about them, celebrities give their names to them, and you’d better believe there’s an app (or ten) committed to finding you the right one. They are New York City restaurants and food shops. And their journey to international notoriety is a captivating one. The now-booming food capital was once a small seaport cit...

Cindy R. Lobel is assistant professor of history at Lehman College. 
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 3, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022632267X

ISBN - 13:9780226322674

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
ONE / “Convenient to the New York Market”: Feeding New York City in the Early National Period, 1786–1830
 
TWO / “The Glory of a Plenteous Land”: The Transformation of New York’s Food Supply, 1825–1865
 
THREE / “Monuments of Municipal Malfeasance”: The Flip Side of Dietary Abundance, 1825–1865
 
FOUR / “To See and Be Seen”: Restaurants and Public Culture, 1825–1865
 
FIVE / “No Place More Attractive than Home”: Domesticity and Consumerism, 1830–1880

SIX / “The Empire of Gastronomy”: New York and the World, 1850–1890

 
Conclusion: From the Broadway Shambles to New Amsterdam Market
Notes
Index

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“A compelling story. . . . Lobel has written an engaging book about a fascinating subject, and it deserves to be widely read by food historians, New Yorkers, and anyone with an interest in how urban culture has historically shaped food distribution networks.”