Hippie food : how back-to-the-landers, longhairs, and revolutionaries changed the way we eat

by Kauffman, Jonathan,

Format: Print Book [2018]
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Summary

An enlightening narrative history--an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan--that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century--to the 1960s and 1970s--to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon's America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

From the mystical rock-and-roll cult known as the Source Family and its legendary vegetarian restaurant in Hollywood to the Diggers' brown bread in the Summer of Love to the rise of the co-op and the origins of the organic food craze, Kauffman reveals how today's quotidian whole-foods staples--including sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole-grain bread--were introduced and eventually became part of our diets. From coast to coast, through Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont, Kauffman tracks hippie food's journey from niche oddity to a cuisine that hit every corner of this country.

A slick mix of gonzo playfulness, evocative detail, skillful pacing, and elegant writing, Hippie Food is a lively, engaging, and informative read that deepens our understanding of our culture and our lives today.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this informative, briskly paced first book, James Beard Award-winning food writer Kauffman details how the concept of health food "evolved in the kitchens of young baby boomers" during the late 1960s counterculture and then in the post-Vietnam age. "Counterculture adherents," he writes, "turned their efforts away from protest and created institutions, businesses, and cookbooks that brought the food movement to a much broader audience." Kauffman explains that many of the staples of what is considered today to be a healthy diet-whole-grain bread, low-fat yogurt, organic or pesticide-free fruits and vegetables-had once been associated with fringe movements and have always been available to consumers. He interviews dozens of influential people within the healthy food movement, including the owners of the Aware Inn on the Sunset Strip, one of the earliest health food restaurants in the late 1950s; the editors of Zen Macrobiotics, which popularized the use of brown rice; and Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet, which introduced soybeans and tofu to American tables. Kauffman is equally thorough in tracing how these early innovators inspired the food co-ops and whole food stores that exist today, as well as how, during the 1980s and 1990s, mainstream supermarkets across the country added natural food sections to sell what was dismissed as "hippie food" in the 1960s. This is an outstanding food and cultural history. Agent: Nicole Tourtelot, DeFiore and Co. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Food habits -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Gastronomy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cooking, American -- History -- 20th century.
Natural foods -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Natural foods industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Counterculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York, NY :[2018]
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Hippie food
Language English
Description 344 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical reference (pages 325-332) and index.
ISBN 9780062437303
0062437305
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