Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by Jonathan Kauffman

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Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat
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ISBN : 0062437305
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


KC rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2018

Wow! This was an extremely informative and utterly fascinating read on the conception of "hippie food". Divided into chapters that included the birth of macrobiotic philosophy, organic farming, health food restaurants; Moosewood, to food Co-ops, this book explored the how, when, why, and where of...

Sara rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2017

This is the book I've wanted to read for years on the food revolutions of the late 60s and the 70s, and how they gradually shifted the whole US food scene. Kaufman interviewed the aging flower children and farmers and restaurateurs who were there, he's funny, and he managed to make an organized a...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

I met my husband to be just before Earth Day at a food coop organizational meeting with the students and the American Friends Service Committee at Caltech. The book's story parallels our experiences with natural food, the back to the land movement and cooperative, democratic organizations. I stil...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

January 18, 2018

Great! I was there. My boyfriend at the time pulled me into the basement Erewhon on Newbury St and stated we were on a bad eating trip. I was young and must have looked stupid as Root gave me a long lecture on how to cook brown rice. I had all of these cookbooks at one time. I don't have an obses...

Jake rated it ★★★☆☆

October 12, 2017

"And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here" - Talking Heads. This book, which I won from a goodreads giveaway explains how we (in the USA, which is its focus) got from a place of canned foods, casseroles and processed meats to a place where you can buy organic greens and tofu in Wal-Mart...

Michelle Jenkins rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 27, 2018

Hippie Food is rigorously researched and entertainingly written, but falls short significantly in recognizing the contributions of non-whites in the popularization of brown rice and macrobiotics, vegetarianism and tofu. Author Jonathan Kauffman notes in the introduction of the book: "One of the unc...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

February 18, 2018

I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank God for the Hippie food revolution. Without it we would still be eating Wonder bread and Green Giant canned and frozen vegetables. I enjoyed reading how these people rejected the direction food production was heading in the 60s and we now are reaping the b...

Jenn rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2018

I have been a self-taught cook since the age of 12. Two of the cookbooks that were important to me as a young cook were early 1980s editions of hippie cookbooks, The New Laurel’s Kitchen and Whole Foods for the Whole Family. Before I ever baked a fluffy loaf of challah I struggled with a sticky l...

Janie rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2018

I liked this book! I’ve always enjoyed the whole health-food store scene. I didn’t grow up on this food like the author but I’ve enjoyed discovering foods tempeh and nutritional yeast. Learning the social history behind a lot of this was fun and really got my wheels turning about the spiritual an...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 10, 2018

2.5 stars | I want to make a bad joke about this book leaving me hungry for something heartier, much like a vegetarian meal, but that would be inauthentic because I love plant-based cuisine. I’m an omnivore, but high quality “hippie food” comprises the bulk of my daily intake. So I was excited to...

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