Tastes Like Chicken

Tastes Like Chicken

A History of America's Favorite Bird

Book - 2016 | First Pegasus Books edition
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How did chicken achieve the culinary ubiquity it enjoys today? It's hard to imagine, but there was a point in history, not terribly long ago, that individual people each consumed less than ten pounds of chicken per year. Today, those numbers are strikingly different: we consumer nearly twenty-five times as much chicken as our great-grandparents did. Collectively, Americans devour 73.1 million pounds of chicken in a day, close to 8.6 billion birds per year. How did chicken rise from near-invisibility to being in seemingly "every pot," as per Herbert Hoover's famous promise?
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681771632
Characteristics: xii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2020

Lively, entertaining, shocking, and deep exploration of the history of chicken and the chicken industry in the US. The author has a fast-paced and witty writing style that kept me turning pages, and I learned quite a lot in the process. Some of the broader effects of this micro-commodity on the turning of world events may have been slightly stretched, but all are very plausible and will have you nodding in agreement. Very fun, very educational, and very quick read for a fact-filled nonfiction book!


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