etta madden Missouri State University review essay Savory Bites Books on Eating in Early America Colonial Food ann chandonnet Oxford: Shire Publications, 2013 66 pp. Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World michael a. lacombe Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012 224 pp. Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century kyla wazana tompkins New York: New York University Press, 2012 275 pp. A few years after his book Civil Tongues and Polite Letters (1997) connected eighteenth-century literature to American coffeehouses and taverns, but prior to his immersion into writing about foods of the Carolina low country ("Prospecting"), David S. Shields published an essay on global consumption. "`The World I Ate'" (2001) illuminates the ideas of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's Physiology of Taste, contrasting Americans' diets of denial and simplicity with their desires to indulge every sensual dream of food. For Shields, the obese and irascible New Yorker of Broadway, Edward, memorialized in Brillat-Savarin's meditation 21, provides the symbolic prophecy of what America and Americans would become--in light of the power of empire and in spite of the messages preaching simple eating and Puritan restraint. Well-known works of American literature, such as Benjamin Franklin's
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