Want to learn more about some of the topics from the exhibit?

Perhaps you are interested in the history of sugar?

What about the history of chocolate or coffee?  

Want to know more about the impact of pesticides or tractors?

 California History 


 

Burns, John F. and Richard J. Orsi. Taming the Elephant: Politics, Government, and Law in Pioneer California. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2003.

Gutierrez, Ramon A. and Richard J. Orsi. Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush.  Berkeley, University of California Press, 1998.

Rice, Richard, William A Bullough, and Richard J Orsi. The Elusive Eden: A New History of California. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Starr, Kevin and Richard J. Orsi. Rooted in Barbarous Soil: People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2000.

Starr, Kevin. California: A History. 1st ed. A Modern Library Chronicles Book 23. New York: Modern Library, 2005.

------. Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950. Americans and the California Dream. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

———. Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963. Americans and the California Dream. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

———. Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920’s. Americans and the California Dream. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

———. The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s. Americans and the California Dream. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

 

California Environmental History


 

Ann Foley Scheuring, ed. A Guidebook to California Agriculture. Berkeley ; Calif: University of California Press, 1983.

Brechin, Gray A. Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin: With a New Preface. California Studies in Critical Human Geography 3. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Chiang, Connie Y. Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.

Dreyfus, Philip J. Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

Findlay, John M. Magic Lands: Western Cityscapes and American Culture After 1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Garone, Philip. The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley. Kindle ed. University of California Press, 2011.

Hundley, Norris. The Great Thirst: Californians and Water: A History. Rev. ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Isenberg, Andrew C. Mining California: An Ecological History. 1st ed. New York: Hill and Wang, 2005.

Jacobson, Yvonne, and De Anza College. Passing Farms, Enduring Values: California’s Santa Clara Valley. 2nd ed. Cupertino, Calif: California History Center, De Anza College, 2001.

McEvoy, Arthur F. The Fisherman’s Problem: Ecology and Law in the California Fisheries, 1850-1980. Studies in Environment and History. Cambridge, CB: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

McWilliams, Carey. Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 2000.

Merchant, Carolyn, ed. Green Versus Gold: Sources in California’s Environmental History. Washington, D.C: Island Press, 1998.

Sackman, Douglas Cazaux. Orange Empire: California and the Fruits of Eden. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Scheuring, Ann Foley, and University of California, Davis. Abundant Harvest: The History of the University of California, Davis. Davis, Calif.: UC Davis History Project, 2001.

Stoll, Steven. The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Taylor, Judith M. The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree. Berkeley, Calif: Ten Speed Press, 2000.

Vaught, David. After the Gold Rush: Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley. Johns Hopkins pbk. ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

 

Food History 


 

American Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes. New York, NY: Library of America, 2007.

Ettlinger, Steve. Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats. New York, NY: Hudson Street Press, 2007.

Feeney, Robert Earl. Polar Journeys: The Role of Food and Nutrition in Early Exploration. Washington, D.C: American Chemical Society, 1997.

Food in the USA: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies. Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Food: The History of Taste. California Studies in Food and Culture 21. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

Horowitz, Roger. Putting Meat on the American Table: Taste, Technology, Transformation. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Horsman, Reginald. Feast or Famine: Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008.

Jones, Evan. American Food: The Gastronomic Story. 2nd ed.,-1st Vintage Books ed. New York: Vintage Books, 1981.

Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. New York: Walker and Co, 1997.

———. Salt: A World History. New York: Penguin Books, 2003.

Levenstein, Harvey A. Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America. Rev. ed. California Studies in Food and Culture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.

———. Revolution at the Table: The Transformation of the American Diet. California Studies in Food and Culture 7. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

McNamee, Thomas. Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. Penguin (Non-Classics), 2008.

Mintz, Sidney Wilfred. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. New York, N.Y: Viking, 1985.

Nestle, Marion. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. California Studies in Food and Culture 3. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Reardon, Joan. M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table. 1st ed. Harmony, 1994.

Robinson, R. K. The Vanishing Harvest: A Study of Food and Its Conservation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Shephard, Sue. Pickled, Potted, and Canned: How the Art and Science of Food Preserving Changed the World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Skaggs, Jimmy M. Prime Cut: Livestock Raising and Meatpacking in the United States, 1607-1983. 1st ed. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1986.

Soluri, John. Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Tannahill, Reay. Food in History. New, fully rev. and updated ed., 1st American ed. New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.

The Cambridge World History of Food. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Tucker, Richard P. Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World. Concise rev. ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

Turner, Jack. Spice: The History of a Temptation. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2004.

Vileisis, Ann. Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back. Washington: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2008.

 

Agricultural History 


 

Berry, Wendell. The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996.

Evans, Sterling. Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains, 1880-1950. 1st ed. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2007.

Fitzgerald, Deborah Kay. Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture. Kindle. Yale Agrarian Studies Series. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Hurt, R. Douglas. American Agriculture: A Brief History. 1st ed. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1994.

Rasmussen, Wayne David, and Gladys L. Baker. The Department of Agriculture. Praeger Library of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, No. 32. New York: Praeger, 1972.

Robinson, R. K. The Vanishing Harvest: A Study of Food and Its Conservation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Stoll, Steven. The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Whorton, James C. Before Silent Spring; Pesticides and Public Health in pre-DDT America. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

 


Food Safety and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 


 

Anderson, Oscar Edward. The Health of a Nation; Harvey W. Wiley and the Fight for Pure Food. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1958.

Carpenter, Daniel P. The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Reputations, Networks, and Policy Innovation in Executive Agencies, 1862-1928. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Goodwin, Lorine Swainston. The Pure Food, Drink, and Drug Crusaders, 1879-1914. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1999.

Hilts, Philip J. Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

Law, Marc T. “The Origins of State Pure Food Regulation.” The Journal of Economic History 63, no. 4 (December 1, 2003): 1103–1130.

Lisa Mae Robinson. “Regulating What We Eat: Mary Engle Pennington and the Food Research Laboratory.” Ag 64, no. 2. The United States Department of Agriculture in Historical Perspectice (Spring 1990): 143–153.

Young, James Harvey. “Botulism and the Ripe Olive Scare of 1919-1920.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 50, no. 3 (1976): 372–391.

———. Pure Food: Securing the Federal Food and Drugs Act of 1906. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1989.