American Culinary History: From the Erie Canal to the Food Network

Schools of Public Engagement: Food Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
American Culinary History
Fall 2023
Taught By: Cathy Kaufman
Section: A

CRN: 5761

Credits: 3

What does the Erie Canal have to do with Wonder Bread? Which American war gave us condensed soup? Why did American farmers turn away from organic farming in the first place? This course examines the historical, cultural, social, technological, and economic events that have influenced what Americans eat today. It is an action-packed history of home economists and fancy restaurateurs, family farmers and corporate giants, street vendors and captains of industry, mom-and-pop grocers and massive food conglomerates, burger barons and vegetarians, the hungry and the affluent, hard-hitting advertisers and health food advocates. All these players have shaped the contentious American foodscape of the 21st century.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Food Studies (NFDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:30pm EDT 5/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/5/2023