Here's David Shields on the intent of this special issue:
"This special issue of Common-Place explores food. It particularly investigates the production and consumption of food during the age of experiment, that period between 1820 and 1890 in the United States after the soil crisis of the early nineteenth century disrupted customary agriculture and before scientific agriculture became institutionalized nationally in the system of experimental stations legislated into being by the Hatch Act (1887)."
I'm not quite sure how I missed this special issue, released this spring. You, dear reader, will not want to make the same mistake. Included are Bernard L. Herman, on sweetness in the common landscape,
Glenn Roberts on the restoration of Carolina grains, Caroline F. Sloat on pigeons and their cuisine, and Michael W. Twitty on early African American foodways.