Reviewing Turning the Tables

This is something of a good news, bad news situation.  Bad News: I was only able to find two reviews of Turning the Tables, and neither of them is an academic review.  Good News:  If you’re writing a review this week, you’re doing something that has yet to be published in an academic journal!  Congratulations!


The first review I found was from The Times (London) Higher Education Supplement.  (Thank you, David Murray and for the awesome tools that allowed me to find any reviews at all!)  The Times’ review is written by Harvey Levenstein, author of Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America and Revolution at the Table: the Transformation of the American Diet.  Levenstein approves of Haley’s use of class in telling the story of the American restaurant in from 1880-1920, but does not like that Haley pays little attention to the effect of Prohibition on American restaurants and claims that after 1920, American middle class restaurants reverted to a boring version of “British-American cooking.”  Levenstein’s contention, however, that after 1920, the American middle class was composed mostly of people who traced their roots back to Britain seems somewhat off base.



The second review I found appeared in CHOICE, a collection of brief reviews for academic librarians.  The CHOICE reviewer, J. M. Deutsch, regurgitates Haley’s thesis, gives the book two stars (recommended for academic and general readers of all levels) and falls into the trap of using a food metaphor to review a book on food. (“Haley includes extensive notes and is omnivorous in sources cited, including the literature, menus, and trade publications of the time.”)

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  1. Check out Haley’s Facebook page with more reviews,


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