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Snacks

A Canadian Food History

by (author) Janis Thiessen

Publisher
University of Manitoba Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Category
Corporate & Business History, Post-Confederation (1867-), Agriculture & Food
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780887557996
    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
    $27.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780887555275
    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
    $70.00
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780887552120
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $70.00

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Description

"Snacks" is a history of Canadian snack foods, of the independent producers and workers who make them, and of the consumers who can’t put them down.

Janis Thiessen profiles several iconic Canadian snack food companies, including Old Dutch Potato Chips, Hawkins Cheezies, and chocolate maker Ganong. These companies have developed in distinctive ways, reflecting the unique stories of their founders and their intense connection to specific locations.

These stories of salty or sweet confections also reveal a history that is at odds with popular notions of “junk food.” Through extensive oral history and archival research, Thiessen uncovers the roots of our deep loyalties to different snack foods, what it means to be an independent snack food producer, and the often-quirky ways snacks have been created and marketed.

Clearly written, extensively illustrated, and lavish with detail about some of Canadians’ favorite snacks, this is a lively and entertaining look at food and labour history.

About the author

Janis Thiessen is an associate professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Her favourite snack food is dill pickle potato chips.

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Editorial Reviews

"A wide-ranging and comprehensive dive into the deep end of snack food.”

National Post

“Pizza and hamburgers and poke bowls and spicy tuna rolls are consumed everywhere; ketchup chips remain ours. Snacks are the id to supper’s ego. This is Thiessen’s starting point for Snacks: an important part of our national identity can be found in our vending machines. And her version of that history aims to include the people who make, market, and munch on this vital Canadiana.”

The Walrus

"A wide-ranging and comprehensive dive into the deep end of snack food.?

NUVO Magazine

“A lively and entertaining look at our epicurian past.”

Canadian Living

“Now, if you cannot fathom how a book about the history of snack food might be fascinating, then I’m not going to try to win you over, but if Snacks already sounds intriguing to you, you won’t be sorry. “

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