"Offering a panoramic view of the history of American gastronomy, this book is a concise, authoritative, and exuberant exploration of this modern obsession. With diverse entries that cover everything from the smell of asparagus to the history of White Castle, and the origin of Bloody Marys to the ingredients of jambalaya, this volume provides a sumptuous look at America's eating culture. Ideal for the food scholar and food enthusiast alike, it is also an appetizing piece of Americana, capturing our culture and history through what we love most - food!" "Edited by Andrew Smith, a renowned culinary historian, the Companion contains more than just trivia. With over two hundred specialist contributors, the Companion provides an extensive yet coherent account of America's culinary history. Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of historical photographs and color images and supplemented by informative lists of food websites, museums, organizations, and festivals, this book is equally well-suited for a coffee table or an academic library."--BOOK JACKET.