National Peanut Day is upon us. Come back to the dawn of industrialization, when a legume once considered worthy only for drunks and slaves began a journey into the everyday American diet. Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea is a far-seeing micro-history of the only food that dares to partner with Cracker Jack in popular song. Andrew F. Smith highlights how peanuts also teamed with economic distress, wartime conditions, and health trends to transform our culinary landscape. Chock-full of photographs, advertisements, and peanut recipes, this entertaining volume is a testament to the culinary potential and lasting popularity of the goober pea.