Favorite holiday foods are examined. Included: roast turkey; bread stuffing; candied yams; cranberry sauce; gingerbread; candy canes; boxed chocolates; and fruitcake. Also: recent trends, such as deep-fried turkey; and turducken, which is a deboned chicken inside a deboned duck inside a deboned turkey.
A history of beer in the U.S. begins with the arrival of the Mayflower. Included: the contributions of German immigrants; Prohibition; innovations in refrigeration, pasteurization, and transportation; and the arrival of the aluminum can.
An examination the soft-drink industry includes its origins in mineral waters peddled by small-town pharmacists, crafty marketing strategies used to sell it, and modern, state-of-the-art factories that produce an enormous volume of it.