Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland

University of Illinois Press
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Food historian Cynthia Clampitt pens the epic story of what happened when Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind's greatest achievements. Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result is a bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that sustains the world.
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About the author

Cynthia Clampitt is a food historian and travel writer, and the author of Waltzing Australia.
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University of Illinois Press
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Published on
Feb 28, 2015
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9780252096877
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Language
English
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Genres
Cooking / History
Social Science / Agriculture & Food
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / General
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