Collectively, Americans devour 73.1 million pounds of chicken in a day, close to 8.6 billion birds per year. How did chicken rise from near-invisibility to being in seemingly "every pot," as per Herbert Hoover's famous promise?
Emelyn Rude explores this fascinating phenomenon in Tastes Like Chicken. With meticulous research, Rude details the ascendancy of chicken from its humble origins to its centrality on grocery store shelves and in restaurants and kitchens. Along the way, she reveals startling key points in its history, such as the moment it was first stuffed and roasted by the Romans, how the ancients’ obsession with cockfighting helped the animal reach Western Europe, and how slavery contributed to the ubiquity of fried chicken today.
In the spirit of Mark Kurlansky’s Cod and Bee Wilson's Consider the Fork, Tastes Like Chicken is a fascinating, clever, and surprising discourse on one of America’s favorite foods.
Emelyn Rude has been a food writer for TIME and Vice and media manager for some of New York City’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. She is a contributor to National Geographic’s "The Plate" and is a National Geographic Young Explorer. This is her first book.
Photo of Every Recipe. Now with Betty’s help, you can get a delicious chicken dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less. From flavor-packed Grilled Chicken 10-Minute Tacos to mouthwatering Quick ’n Crunchy Potato Chip Chicken, your family and friends will be thrilled with every recipe. In the mood for something lighter? Try the Chicken Salad Club Sandwich Stackers or Chicken and Berry Salad. This collection saves you loads of time but never skimps on taste.
In 365 More Ways to Cook Chicken, you'll find a dish for every occasion and every taste. There are American classics, such as Finger-Lickin' Barbecued Chicken and Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie and international specialties, such as Chicken Cacciatore and Basque Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives. There are chicken snacks, sandwiches, stews, roasts, barbecues and, of course, separate chapters for those perennial chicken favorites: salads (Grilled Chicken Taco Salad, and Caribbean Chicken Salad) and soups (Thai Chicken and Lemongrass Soup, and Sicilian Chicken Soup with Escarole and Pastina). Steamed Moroccan Chicken and Grilled Chicken Fra Diavolo are samples from the "Light and Lean" chapter, which, along with sections on one-pot chicken dishes and especially fast and easy recipes, make this collection invaluable.
Interweaving archaeology and science, Patrick E. McGovern tells the enthralling story of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages and the cultures that created them. Humans invented heady concoctions, experimenting with fruits, honey, cereals, tree resins, botanicals, and more. These “liquid time capsules” carried social, medicinal, and religious significance with far-reaching consequences for our species. McGovern describes nine extreme fermented beverages of our ancestors, including the Midas Touch from Turkey and the 9000-year-old Chateau Jiahu from Neolithic China, the earliest chemically identified alcoholic drink yet discovered. For the adventuresome, homebrew interpretations of the ancient drinks are provided, with matching meal recipes.