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Author Foss, Richard (Food historian), author.

Title Food in the air and space : the surprising history of food and drink in the skies / Richard Foss.

Publication Info. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]


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Description xiii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series The food on the go series
Food on the go series.
Summary In the history of cooking, there has been no more challenging environment than those craft in which humans took to the skies. The tale begins with meals aboard balloons and zeppelins, where cooking was accomplished below explosive bags of hydrogen, ending with space station dinners that were cooked thousands of miles below. This book is the first to chart that history worldwide, exploring the intricacies of inflight dining from 1783 to the present day, aboard balloons, zeppelins, land-based aircraft and flying boats, jets, and spacecraft. It charts the ways in which commercial travelers were lured to try flying with the promise of familiar foods, explains the problems of each aerial environment and how chefs, engineers, and flight crew adapted to them, and tells the stories of pioneers in the field. Hygiene and sanitation were often difficult, and cultural norms and religious practices had to be taken into account. The history is surprising and sometimes humorous--at times some ridiculous ideas were tried, and airlines offered some strange meals to try to attract passengers. It's an engrossing story with quite a few twists and turns, and this first book on the subject tells it with a light touch.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-224) and index.
Contents Introduction : the first toast -- The forerunners : lessons from the balloon era -- Luxury in the skies : the Zeppelin era -- The early days of the airplane age (1920-1930) -- The technology of heat in flight before 1940 -- From 1930 to the Second World War : flying boats -- Land-based craft from 1930 to the outbreak of war -- A window into the design process -- World War II and the postwar bonanza (1941-1950) -- Physiology of taste in flight -- Competition, regulation, and the dawn of the jet age (1950-1958) -- Airline food in popular culture -- Jet age mass transit and luxury competition (1958-1966) -- Technology of heat in flight, part two -- Jumbo jets, excess, and cultural expression (1966-1975) -- The elusive history of special meals -- Years of chaos and change (1975-1985) -- Designing the flying meal -- The decline and fall of inflight dining (1985-present) -- Tubes and cubes : food in space (1961-1965) -- Commercialization of space food on earth -- Apollo, Soyuz, and variety in space (1966-1994) -- The difficulties of cooking in space -- Shuttles, the ISS, and taikonauts (1981-present) -- Recipes -- Appendix : unsolved questions.
Subject Airlines -- Food service -- History.
Astronauts -- Nutrition -- History.
Food habits -- History.
Drinking customs -- History.
Flight -- History.
Airlines -- Food service. (OCoLC)fst00802986
Astronauts -- Nutrition. (OCoLC)fst00819619
Drinking customs. (OCoLC)fst00898195
Flight. (OCoLC)fst00927291
Food habits. (OCoLC)fst00930807
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781442227286 (hbk. : alk. paper)
1442227281 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781442227293 (ebk.)

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