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Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food

Jon Krampner


This book is a popular history of peanut butter, the all-American comfort food that is found in the pantries of at least seventy-five percent of American kitchens. The book shows that, to a surprising extent, the story of peanut butter is the story of twentieth-century America. It details the wide variety of ways in which Americans enjoy peanut butter, shows just how much of the product is consumed each year and provides an explanation for why it is such a deeply ingrained staple of an American childhood. It draws on anecdotes and facts culled from interviews, research, travels in the peanut-g ... More

Keywords: peanut butter, comfort food, childhood, Third World, hunger, Salmonella, Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan, peanut farmers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162333
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Krampner, author