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Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef (edition 2008)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151012024, Paperback)
In Raising Steaks, Betty Fussell saddles up for a spirited ride across America on the trail of our most iconic food.
When we bite into a steak's charred crust and pink interior, Fussell finds that we bite into contradictions that have branded our national identity from the start. We taste the colliding fantasies of British pastoralists and Spanish ranchers that erupted in land wars between a wet-weather East and a desert West. We savor the ideas of wilderness and progress that clashed when we replaced buffalo with cattle, and then cowboys with industrial machines. We take in the contradictions of rugged individualism and the corporate technology that we use to breed, feed, slaughter, package, and distribute the animals we turn into meat. And we participate—as do the cattlemen and chefs, feedlot operators and rodeo stars, boot makers and scientists Fussell talks with—in the mythology that inspires cowboys to become technocrats and presidents to play cowboy.
Raising Steaks is a celebration of, and an elegy for, a uniquely American Dream.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:41:04 -0400)
Provides a look at the history of the beef industry in the United States, including the land wars between the British and Spanish ranchers, the cowboys who roamed their prairies, and the industrial processing machines of the modern day.
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