The success of the settlements in what is now the United States depended on food. This book tells about the bounty that was here and how Europeans forged a society and culture, beginning with help from the Indians and incorporating influences from African slaves. This overview attempts to cover the regions settled during the Colonial and Federal.
Sandra L. Oliver has been a food historian for 30 years, is the author of Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Food in the 19th Century (1995), and is the Publisher/Editor of Food History News, a quarterly newsletter. She is also a food columnist for New England publications.