Refrigeration Nation: A History of Ice, Appliances, and Enterprise in America

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JHU Press, 2013/10/02 - 248 ページ

Only when the power goes off and food spoils do we truly appreciate how much we rely on refrigerators and freezers. In Refrigeration Nation, Jonathan Rees explores the innovative methods and gadgets that Americans have invented to keep perishable food cold—from cutting river and lake ice and shipping it to consumers for use in their iceboxes to the development of electrically powered equipment that ushered in a new age of convenience and health.

As much a history of successful business practices as a history of technology, this book illustrates how refrigeration has changed the everyday lives of Americans and why it remains so important today. Beginning with the natural ice industry in 1806, Rees considers a variety of factors that drove the industry, including the point and product of consumption, issues of transportation, and technological advances. Rees also shows that how we obtain and preserve perishable food is related to our changing relationship with the natural world.

 

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目次

The Cold Chain
1
CHAPTER 1 Inventing the Cold Chain
11
CHAPTER 2 The Long Wait for Mechanical Refrigeration
31
CHAPTER 3 The Decline of the Natural Ice Industry
55
CHAPTER 4 Refrigerated Transport Near and Far
76
CHAPTER 5 The Pleasures and Perils of Cold Storage
99
CHAPTER 6 Who Ever Heard of an American without an Icebox?
119
CHAPTER 7 The Early Days of Electric Household Refrigeration
140
CHAPTER 8 The Completion of the Modern Cold Chain
162
Refrigeration Capitalism and the Environment
182
Notes
195
Essay on Sources
227
Index
229
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Jonathan Rees is a professor of history at Colorado State University–Pueblo. He is the author of Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life: A Brief Introduction and Refrigerator.

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