Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food

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  • Barbecue is a word that means different things to different people. It can be a verb or a noun. It can be pulled pork or beef ribs. And, especially in the American South, it can cause intense debate and stir regional pride. Perhaps then, it is no surprise that the roots of this food tradition are often misunderstood. In Savage Barbecue, Andrew Warnes traces what he calls America's first food through early transatlantic literature and culture. Building on the work of scholar Eric Hobsbawm, Warnes argues that barbecue is an invented tradition, much like Thanksgiving--one long associated with frontier mythologies of ruggedness and relaxation. Starting with Columbus's journals in 1492, Warnes shows how the perception of barbecue evolved from Spanish colonists' first fateful encounter with natives roasting iguanas and fish over fires on the beaches of Cuba. European colonists linked the new food to a savagery they perceived in American Indians, ensnaring barbecue in a growing web of racist attitudes about the New World. Warnes also unearths the etymological origins of the word barbecue, including the early form barbacoa; its coincidental similarity to barbaric reinforced emerging stereotypes. Barbecue, as it arose in early transatlantic culture, had less to do with actual native practices than with a European desire to define those practices as barbaric. Warnes argues that the word barbecue retains an element of violence that can be seen in our culture to this day. Savage Barbecue offers an original and highly rigorous perspective on one of America's most popular food traditions.
  • Author:
    Andrew Warnes
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641.76
    EAN:
    9780820331096
    ISBN:
    0820331090
    Label:
    University of Georgia Press
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $19.95
    Manufacturer:
    University of Georgia Press
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    208
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2008-08-01
    Publisher:
    University of Georgia Press
    Studio:
    University of Georgia Press
    Title:
    Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food
    Feature:
    Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

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