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Edible Series - American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food

Roger Smith Hotel

Monday, September 24, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

New York, NY

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The Roger Smith Hotel presents: An Edible Conversation with Andrew Smith, Author of American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food


In a lively account of the American tuna industry over the past century, celebrated food writer and scholar Andrew F. Smith relates how tuna went from being sold primarily as a fertilizer to becoming the most commonly consumed fish in the country. In American Tuna, the so-called "chicken of the sea" is both the subject and the backdrop for other facets of American history: U.S. foreign policy, immigration and environmental politics, and dietary trends.


Smith recounts how tuna became a popular low-cost high-protein food beginning in 1903, when the first can rolled off the assembly line. By 1918, skyrocketing sales made it one of America's most popular seafoods. In the decades that followed, the American tuna industry employed thousands, yet at at mid-century production started to fade. Concerns about toxic levels of methylmercury, by-catch issues, and over-harvesting all contributed to the demise of the industry today, when only three major canned tuna brands exist in the United States, all foreign owned. A remarkable cast of characters-- fishermen, advertisers, immigrants, epicures, and environmentalists, among many others--populate this fascinating chronicle of American tastes and the forces that influence them.


Attendees can expect a five course tasting menu featuring tuna, as well as a selection of beer and wine.


We hope to see you!

Martha Rodriguez, Andrew Smith & James Knowles

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Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10017

Monday, September 24, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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