Richard Graham’s most recent monograph stems from a basic yet powerful truth about urban life: “No city feeds itself.” Through his minute examination of the food trade in Salvador da Bahia on Brazil’s northeastern coast, Graham embarks on a study of a major South Atlantic port city “where Europe met Africa in the Americas” (p. 1). The book spans the late eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth, a period of both gradual change and revolutionary transformation. Urban cultural, social, or economic history perforce involves some discussion of the food trade; street vendors, shopkeepers, and commodities merchants make regular appearances in the growing literature on the history of the city in Latin America. Feeding the City is unique, however, in its tight focus on food, exhaustively exploring its consumption, culture, harvesting, herding, selling, financing, and transporting. Graham shows how the radical commodification of food conditions...
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Book Review| November 01 2012
Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780–1860
Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780–1860. By Graham, Richard.
University of Texas Press,
334pp. , $24.95.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2012) 92 (4): 760–762.
Amy Chazkel; Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780–1860. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2012; 92 (4): 760–762. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-1727954
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