Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food

Here's the cover art for the book. Kudos to designer Lisa Hamm at Columbia University Press, who designed this retro tribute to an all-American comfort food.

Me at the entrance to the Skippy plant in Little Rock, Arkansas (Mallory Hardin Brooks photo)



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Kind Words from the Los Angeles Times

December 23, 2012

Tags: Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times, food, cookbook, review

I'd like to share with you this review from Russ Parsons, the food editor of the Los Angeles Times. It's short and sweet, but as Shakespeare said, brevity is the soul of wit:

Russ Parsons review of "Creamy and Crunchy"

Thank you for your kind words, Mr. Parsons.


Comments

  1. December 24, 2012 5:48 AM EST
    Here's another Peanut Butter Song from the early 60s: "All Work/No Play (Peanut Butter Song)" by Gabriel and the Angels. Didn't get too far --around that time my label, Swan, put all their energy into some Brit group with the song, "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.' Yeah, that was the Beatles--and my group was a victim of the British invasion.
    - rick kellis aka Gabriel
  2. December 24, 2012 11:03 AM EST
    Rick,

    That's a fascinating insight into musical history. I know that John Fante's classic Los Angeles novel "Ask the Dust" (1930's) did poorly when it first came out because his publisher, Stackpole, was embroiled in a copyright lawsuit with none other than Adolf Hitler, because it had published "Mein Kampf" in an unauthorized edition -- they wanted the world to see what he was up to. Is there any chance you could post a version of the song on YouTube?

    p.s.: I'll be doing a reading at the Mid-Manhattan Public Library on January 3 at 6:30 p.m. (Details on my Events Page). If you're in the New York City area, feel free to pop in!
    - Jon Krampner

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