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Betty Fussell: Raising Steaks

Jason Pagano
12/04/2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Pass on pot roast, hold the hamburger. Food writer Betty Fussell says no slab of beef says 'America' like steak. Eating steak, she says, is like "sinking your teeth into the myth of the frontier." But the iconic American food is not originally from America. Fussell tells the story of beef cattle in the U.S. from early settlers and cow towns to the industrial feedlots and wood–paneled steakhouses of today.

Betty Fussell won the Julia Child Award for her 1992 book "The Story of Corn." Her latest book is "Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef." She spoke at Town Hall on October 14, 2008 as part of the Future of Health Lectures presented with University Book Store.

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