376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0980-5
Published: August 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7792-0
Published: May 2011
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Awards & distinctions
2012 James Beard Foundation Book Award in Reference and Scholarship
Finalist, 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals Book Award in Culinary History
About the Author
Andrew P. Haley is associate professor of American cultural history at the University of Southern Mississippi.
For more information about Andrew P. Haley, visit the Author Page.
"Turning the Tables is an engaging read."--LA Weekly blog
"Turning the Tables is a significant contribution to existing scholarship on class, culture, and consumption."--Journal of Illinois History
"Scholars of food, culture, and the middle class will find this book useful . . . . It offers diverse sources and avenues for future exploration while establishing the prominence of middle-class dining culture in urban America."--H-SHGAPE
"[A] very interesting and useful study of the evolution of public dining in the United States." --Journal of American History
"Haley’s book reinforces the importance of consumption as a vehicle for class formation and does immeasurable service in exploring restaurants as one of the important sites where this occurred."--American Historical Review
"Haley makes great use of an astonishing collection of sources, such as menus, trade journals, popular magazines, and cartoons, to produce an engaging history that sheds fresh light on the creation and meaning of the American middle class and that will encourage readers to think more deeply about their decision about where to go for dinner."--The Historian
Multimedia & Links
Follow Haley on Twitter @HistoryCult.
Stay in touch at the Turning the Tables Facebook page.
Listen: Haley joins the Freakonomics radio podcast discussion "There's No Such Thing As a Free Appetizer." (6/19/2014, running time 37:43)
Listen: Haley is interviewed for this web extra from BackStory with the American History Guys for the episode "Fair Wages: A History of Getting Paid." (3/28/2014, running time 9:21)
Listen: Haley gives insight about the history of tipping in this Marketplace story, "Do you tip your barista?" (3/12/2014, running time 2:00)
Listen: Haley joins the conversation about restaurant behavior in this CBC Radio episode of The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti. "Why the customer is not always right" (4/19/2013)
Listen: Haley is interviewed at the New Books Network.
Read: Haley's guest post, "Hummus and Bugles," on the UNC Press Blog.