Three squares the invention of the american meal user review kirkus an information packed history of american eating habitswe live in a food environment shaped by culture and history writes carroll in her first book a heavily researched and wide ranging history . Three squares is a really interesting book that charts the evolution of the american meal from the concept of snacking to how courses evolved and the way cultural norms dictated how americans ate however what is strange is how the book completely omits the influence of immigrant communities on the american meal or any mentions of foods eaten . Praise for three squares the invention of the american meal bee wilson author of consider the fork i was enthralled by this account of how radically americas meals have changed over time from dinner pails to tv dinners. Three squares the invention of the american meal abigail carroll we are what we eat as the saying goes but we are also how we eat and when and where our eating habits reveal as much about our society as the food on our plates and our national identity is . The story of how the simple gruel of our forefathers gave way to snack fixes and fast food three squares also explains how americans eating habits may change in the years to come only by understanding the history of the american meal can we can help determine its future
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