Culinary Historian Andrew F. Smith Discusses His New Books: "Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War" and "Potato: A Global History"

This event was held on March 27, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nationally-known culinary historian Andrew F. Smith will make a special appearance to discuss his two new books, "Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War" and "Potato: A Global History." This event, which will include a book signing, is cosponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. Books will be on sale at the event.

Andrew F. Smith has taught food history at the New School University in Manhattan since 1995. He is the author or editor of 19 books, including "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America," and "The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food" and has written more than 1000 articles, entries and papers on culinary topics. He is also the editor of the "Edible Series" published by Reaktion Books and has been regularly interviewed on radio and television, including National Public Radio, Discovery, the History Channel, and the Food Network.

In "Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War", he takes a fascinating gastronomical look at the war and its legacy. While the Civil War split the country in a way that affects race and politics to this day, it also affected the way we eat and drink. "Potato: A Global History" tells the captivating tale of an allegedly lowly vegetable that has changed - and continues to change - the world.

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