White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf

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Beacon Press
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6.14 X 0.79 X 8.99 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

Aaron Bobrow-Strain is an associate professor at Whitman College in Washington, where he writes and teaches on immigration and the politics of the global food system. He is the author of Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas and White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf as well as The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story, his most recent book.


"This terrific book does for the humble loaf what Mark Kurlansky does for cod." --Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

"This is entertaining history and an example of food studies in action." --Marion Nestle, Food Politics blog

"As Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows ... the lowly loaf is so much more than the sum of its simple parts." --Jesse Rhodes, Smithsonian's Food and Think blog

"I was hooked a few pages in, and devoured White Bread cover to cover."--Whole Grains Council

"Whatever you think of white bread, its history is full of surprises. And Bobrow-Strain shares this history with wit, style, and imagination. This is a richly researched and cleverly told story."--PopMatters.com

"This book provides an enlightening take on bread's social and cultural value. Bobrow-Strain blends academic rigor with a friendly, insightful tone, making White Bread the best thing since...well, never mind."--Serious Eats

"Written by a seasoned baker, White Bread is both an epic, often funny history of the industrial loaf and a wise commentary on today's polarized food politics. Tear into it."--Susanne Freidberg, author of Fresh: A Perishable History

"In clear prose that is both muscular and nuanced, Aaron Bobrow-Strain bravely leads us into the belly of the corporate beast to confront the consummate processed food, archetype of everything not whole, crunchy, or virtuous. We emerge with a much better understanding of the staff of life, along with startling insights into our political, economic, military, and environmental crises."--Warren Belasco, Author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry

"Aaron Bobbrow-Strain has accomplished a difficult task: White Bread is imaginative, scholarly, yet totally accessible. Any reader who cherishes bread and all the issues it touches as a powerful social and aspirational metaphor will love this book."--Peter Reinhart, baker and author of Artisan Breads Everyday

"A really good read"-Mother Earth News

"Highly recommended. General and undergraduate collections and up."--Choice Magazine