New Books Network

Brian Haara, “Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America” (Potomac Books, 2015)
Bourbon whiskey has been around since nearly the beginning of the United States. Given that longevity, it has been part of the corporate law of the United States since the beginning of the corporate law of the United States. My guest today Brian Haara traces that interconnection in his new... Read More
Catherine Keyser, “Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Catherine Keyser about early twentieth century fiction and the role that modern food plays in literature as a language for talking about race and racial categories. In Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions, published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, Keyser... Read More
Jeanette M. Fregulia, “A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the World” (U Arkansas Press, 2019))
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Jeanette M. Fregulia about the movements of coffee beans, coffee drinking, and coffee houses from Ethiopia and Yemen, across the Mediterranean region, through Western Europe, and to the Americas. In A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the... Read More
John O’Brien, “States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation” (Routledge, 2018)
Is alcohol a universal feature of human society? Why is it problematic in some countries and not others? How was alcohol helped build the modern state? These are just a few of the questions that sociologist John O’Brien addresses in States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation (Routledge,... Read More
Veronica Hinke, “The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining, and Style” (Regnery History, 2019)
Fascination with The Titanic has not faded, though more than 105 years have passed since its tragic sinking when so many lives were lost, and an era of gilded glamor ended. Culinary historian Veronica Hinke’s new book, The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining, and Style (Regnery History,... Read More
Nico Slate, “Gandhi’s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Nico Slate, professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University, about the intersections between diet, spirituality, health, and politics for one of the world’s most famous nonviolent political activists, Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. Slate, who researches anti-racist activism in the United States and India,... Read More
Kristin D. Phillips, “An Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Families in parts of rural Tanzania regularly face periods when they cut back on their meals because their own food stocks are running short and they cannot afford to buy food. Kristin D. Phillips‘ new book An Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun (Indiana... Read More