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Author: Jonathan Kauffman Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9780062696038
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An enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century—to the 1960s and 1970s—to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon’s America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

From the mystical rock-and-roll cult known as the Source Family and its legendary vegetarian restaurant in Hollywood to the Diggers’ brown bread in the Summer of Love to the rise of the co-op and the origins of the organic food craze, Kauffman reveals how today’s quotidian whole-foods staples—including sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole-grain bread—were introduced and eventually became part of our diets. From coast to coast, through Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont, Kauffman tracks hippie food’s journey from niche oddity to a cuisine that hit every corner of this country.

A slick mix of gonzo playfulness, evocative detail, skillful pacing, and elegant writing, Hippie Food is a lively, engaging, and informative read that deepens our understanding of our culture and our lives today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator George Newbern’s clear voice and captivating style work well with nonfiction. His storyteller’s cadence suits the vibe of this audiobook…[and] Newbern’s classic delivery enhances this exhaustive study…Newbern vividly brings these stories to life.”

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  • “Informative, briskly paced…An outstanding food and cultural history.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An astute, highly informative food exposé that educates without bias, leaving the culinary decision-making to readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “From whole grain bread to tofu, Jonathan Kauffman tells the fascinating story behind everyday foods we now take for granted. He shows how these foods literally fed a cultural and political movement that, while more mainstream, is still recognizable today.”

    Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic Inc. and In Search of the Perfect Loaf

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About the Author

Jonathan Kauffman, a line cook turned journalist, is an award–winning staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as the restaurant critic at the East Bay Express, Seattle Weekly, and SF Weekly for more than a decade and has contributed regularly to San Francisco magazine, Lucky Peach, and Wine & Spirits. His articles have also been anthologized in several editions of Best Food Writing.