Steve Kraske talks with Andrew F. Smith, author of Hamburger: A Global History. The book covers the early days in the nineteenth century of hamburgers sold from street vendor carts - through the first hamburger chain - to the globalization of a beef patty on a bun.
By Up to Date, Jan 13, 2009
Kansas City, MO – The hamburger: from its lowly beginnings sold from vendor carts on the streets of America it has journeyed to backyard grills to restaurants devoted to building you a custom sandwich. Exported around the world, the hamburger - for better or worse - has come to represent in the minds of many the quintessential American meal.
Andrew F. Smith has arduously traced the history of this uniquely American culinary treasure in his book Hamburger: A Global History. Covering those early days in the nineteenth century through the first hamburger chain - to the globalization of a beef patty on a bun, Smith covers it all.