An invitation to Food City -- Appetite. Dutch tastes ; English appetites ; Toward independence ; Food on parade -- Bread. The dark prophecy of Adam Smith ; "The big ditch" ; War boom ; The age of incorporation ; Dirty bread ; Clean bread ; "Among great industries ..." ; "Brother, can you spare a doughnut?" ; Exodus -- Sugar. The headless helmsman ; Candy gets technical ; Bone char and other "nuisances" ; War and sugar ; King Harry ; Price war ; "A rotten job" ; Sweets in sour times ; War, rationing, and yogurt ; "Greatest manufacturing town on Earth" ; Chemical and other challenges to sugar ; Candy on the rocks ; Closing time ; Departures and arrivals -- Drink. Swill milk ; The Brady bunch ; The lager craze ; Brewery princess ; The thirsty home front ; "City on a still" ; The battle for pasteurized milk ; Rolls-Royce coffee ; Heavenly coffee, earthly beer ; Goodbye to all that -- Meat. Manhattan cattle drive ; Fooling Mrs. Eastman ; The militant ; The beef trust ; The sausage millionaires ; From depression to war ; Cellophane meat ; The specter of change ; Kosher from Indiana? -- Conclusion: New Food City. Bread ; Sugar ; Drink ; Meat ; Those who leave, those who stay
The history of food-making in New York City has been mostly lost. Since the establishment of the first Dutch brewery, the commerce and culture of food enriched New York and promoted its influence on America and the world by driving innovations in machinery and transportation, shaping international trade, and feeding sailors and soldiers at war. Santlofer re-creates the texture of everyday life in a growing metropolis, recovers the fruitful tradition behind today?s local brewers and confectioners, recounting how food shaped a city and a nation.