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From the chief historian at HISTORY® comes a rich chronicle of the evolution of American cuisine and culture, from before Columbus’ arrival to today

Did you know that the first graham crackers were designed to reduce sexual desire? Or that Americans have tried fad diets for almost two hundred years? Why do we say things like “buck” for a dollar and “living high on the hog”? How have economics, technology, and social movements changed our tastes? Uncover these and other fascinating aspects of American food traditions in The American Plate.

Dr. Libby H. O’Connell takes readers on a mouth-watering journey through America’s culinary evolution into the vibrant array of foods we savor today. In a hundred tantalizing bites, ranging from blueberries and bagels to peanut butter, hard cider, and Cracker Jack, O’Connell reveals the astonishing ways that cultures and individuals have shaped our national diet and continue to influence how we cook and eat.

Peppered throughout with recipes and tidbits on dozens of foods, from the surprising origins of Hershey Bars to the strange delicacies our ancestors enjoyed, such as roast turtle and grilled beaver tail, The American Plate shows how we can use the tastes of our shared past to transform our future.

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  • “Narrator Tanya Eby gives a performance to relish in this exploration of America’s food heritage from the 1400s to the present day. The 100-plus stories, or “bites,” about our different foods, people, and cultures are enticingly delivered in Eby’s rich voice. She presents the myriad facts about evolving food traditions with a fusion of journalistic directness and storytelling inflections…Eby also employs well-timed pauses to serve up several ironic twists, adding zest to this delightful listening experience. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “O’Connell, chief historian for the History Channel and A&E Networks, has written a book rich in culinary history, sociology, and American culture…This title is not only educational but amusing.”

    Library Journal

  • “Libby O’Connell engages us in what feels like an historical scavenger hunt of some of the most common and seemingly mundane foods in American history. The facts and lore will draw you in to the point that you will never look at your food the same way again. The American Plate is a true masterclass in American history through a food lens. A must read!”

    Chef Carla Hall

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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